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 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.
Businesses that must be closed except for limited exceptions include:
- non-essential retail, however they can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect and delivery services.
- hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect and drive-through. All food and drink (including alcohol) can continue to be provided by delivery.
- accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, except for specific circumstances
- indoor leisure and sports facilities
- entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, indoor play and soft play centres and areas (including inflatable parks and trampolining centres), circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, water parks and theme parks
- animal attractions
- indoor attractions at venues such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open for outdoor exercise.
- personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. These services should not be provided in other people’s homes
- community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities
For a full list of which 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.
Does my business need to close?
Only businesses providing essential goods and services can stay open, except for limited exemptions. Please see above for a list of those businesses ordered to close. Full guidance can be found by clicking here.
Businesses which may remain open include:
- essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, building merchants and suppliers of building products and off-licences
- market stalls selling essential retail may also stay open
- businesses providing repair services may also stay open, where they primarily offer repair services
- petrol stations, automatic (but not manual) car washes, vehicle repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, and taxi and vehicle hire businesses
- banks, building societies, post offices, short-term loan providers and money transfer businesses
- funeral directors
- laundrettes and dry cleaners
- medical and dental services
- vets and retailers of products and food for the upkeep and welfare of animals
- animal rescue centres, boarding facilities and animal groomers (may continue to be used for animal welfare, rather than aesthetic purposes)
- agricultural supplies shops
- mobility and disability support shops
- storage and distribution facilities
- outdoor sporting facilities
- car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas
- outdoor playgrounds and outdoor parts of botanical gardens and heritage sites for exercise
- places of worship
- crematoriums and burial grounds
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