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Business and Venues Closures and Restrictions - Covid-19

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 as amended 

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force on 26 March 2020 and were amended on 22 April and then on 13 May 2020 by the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020.

The legislation has been brought in as part of the Government's strategy to prevent persons gathering in groups and to prevent the continued spread of Covid-19.

 

Business Closures (13 May 2020)

The most update instructions on the closure of certain businesses and venues in England is available on the Gov.uk website.

Regulation 4 and 5 requires a number of businesses to close and remain closed until further notice:

  • Restaurants including restaurants and dining rooms in hotels and members clubs
  • Cafes including workplace canteens
  • Bars including those in hotels or members clubs
  • Public Houses

If you who own/operate one of the above businesses please be aware that you MUST close your business, or part of the business where food or drink are sold for consumption on the premises.

You may be able to remain open by offering a food delivery or takeaway service only.

The Government has in place a comprehensive compensation package for businesses. As such we advise strongly that you look at the following website for details on how this affects you: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19

 

What other premises must close?

A number of other premises must close as they involve prolonged close social contact, which increases the chances of infection spreading:
 

Most Retail Premises

  • Retail (subject to a number of exceptions)
    • retailers can offer deliveries or click and collect services
  • Hairdressers, beauty and nail salons, piercing/tattoo parlours
  • Car showrooms
  • Outdoor markets
  • auction houses


Accommodation

  • Holiday accommodation, hotels, B&Bs, holiday rentals, campsites (subject to exceptions)
     

Non-residential Institutions

  • Libraries,
  • Community Centres
  • Places of worship
     

Leisure / Assembly

  • Museums and galleries
  • Nightclubs
  • Cinemas, theatres and concert halls
  • Bingo halls, casinos, betting shops
  • Skating rinks,
  • Indoor fitness studios, indoor swimming pools, indoor leisure
  • Indoor arcades, bowling alleys, soft play centres and funfairs


Outdoor Recreation

  • playgrounds, outdoor gyms and outdoor swimming pools (subject to exceptions)

 

How long must we close for?

The measures will be reviewed every 21 days by the Secretary of State to consider their necessity and effectiveness. The government will look to phase out their application as the situation improves.

 

What are the offences if I remain open?

It is an offence for these premises to remain open and the legislation allows us to take action as necessary to enforce a closure or a restriction.

In line with a graduated approach to enforcement we will contact any businesses which continue to trade, initially to discuss the allegations/evidence and to explain the actions that are required to comply. Should a business continue to fail to comply we will have to consider further enforcement action which may include service of a fixed penalty notice (£100, or £50 if paid on time) or a notice prohibiting a premises from opening.

 

Updated: 15 May 2020
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