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Current Restrictions:

The Government has placed all of England into a new National Lockdown. Restriction are being eased over five phases which began on March 8. See below for an overview of the phases or, for more information, click here.

The restrictions lifted so far are as follows:

As of May 17th

  • “Rule of six” abolished for outdoor gatherings, replaced with a limit of 30 people.
  • New guidance on meeting friends and family emphasises personal responsibility rather than government rules.
  • Organised indoor sport can resume.
  • Cinemas and hotels will reopen with social distancing measures in place.
  • People can attend indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sporting events and business events. Attendance at these events is capped according to venue type, and attendees should follow the COVID-secure measures set out by those venues.
  • International travel recommences
  • Organised indoor sport can take place for all. This includes gym classes. It must be organised by a business, charity or public body and the organiser must take reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission.

April 12th

  • Non-essential retail reopens, including personal care services such as hairdressers.
  • Outdoor hospitality will be permitted – including pubs and restaurants.
  • Public buildings such as libraries and museums will reopen, as will zoos and theme parks.
  • Indoor leisure – swimming pools and gyms – will reopen.
  • Self-catering holiday accommodation and campsites will reopen. Domestic overnight stays will be permitted for households only.
  • Weddings will be permitted with up to 15 people. Funerals will be permitted with up to 30 people.

March 29th

  • The end of the current “stay at home” order
  • Outdoor gatherings of two households or under the previous “rule of six” will be permitted, including in private gardens.
  • Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis or basketball courts will reopen and organised adult and children’s sport will be permitted.

Can my business reopen or must it remain closed?

For a full list of which businesses and venues can or cannot open, please follow this link for more advice.

All businesses and venues should follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers.

In certain indoor settings, staff and customers must wear face coverings, unless they have an exemption.

How do I make my business safe?

All employers should ensure they follow Covid-19 Secure guidelines for the workplace, which can be found by clicking here.

Government has launched a Test & Trace service to help stop the spread of the virus. It provides testing for anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus to find out if they have the virus.

It gets in touch with anyone who has had a positive test result to help them share information about any close recent contacts they have had. It alerts those contacts, where necessary, and notifies them they need to self-isolate from 14 days since their last contact with the infected person

For more information, click here.

Employers can reduce the risk of co-workers having to self-isolate if a member of staff tests positive for coronavirus by following the COVID-19 Secure guidelines. You should encourage workers to heed any notifications to self-isolate and support them in self-isolation. For full workplace guidance for employers regarding Test and Trace, click here.

If your business falls into one of the below categories, when not in national lockdown measures, you must get, print out and display a QR code on your property and encourage people to check in on arrival with the Test and Trace app.

  • Hospitality services including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes
  • Tourism and leisure services, including hotels, museums, cinemas and amusement arcades
  • Close contact services including hairdressers, barbers, tailors and mobile businesses
  • Facilities provided by Local Authorities including community centres, libraries and village halls

To create your QR code and for more information, click here


Useful resources

New Venue Alerts Process: A Guide For Businesses

Hospitality Fact Sheet Venue Check In Regulations

Hospitality Fact Sheet Venue Check In Regulations (Simplified)

App Check in Benefits Poster

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