Business and venue closures and restrictions
Businesses to remain closed:
• Nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques
Restrictions for businesses that can remain open:
• Hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption
on their premises must:
- provide table service only, in licensed premises (venues
that do not serve alcohol may allow someone to order from the counter, but they must still consume their
meal while seated if eating in)
- stop taking orders after 10 pm
- close between 11 pm and 5 am (exemptions include:
hospitality venues in airports, ports, transport services and motorway service areas although these places cannot sell alcohol after 11pm)
• Hospitality venues can host up to 15 people attending
wedding or civil partnership ceremonies, receptions and wakes.
• Businesses selling food or drink for
consumption off their premises can continue to
do so after 10 pm through takeaway, delivery, click-and-collect
or drive-thru. After 11 pm, takeaway must cease.
• Casinos, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades and others must close at 11 pm. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can continue beyond 11 pm, to finish performances started before 10 pm
• Cinemas, theatres, concert halls and sport
stadia are exempt from:
- Providing table service when alcohol is to be consumed whilst seated in the auditorium or area where the screening/performance is taking place
Business and venues remaining open
• Essential and non-essential retail
• Hospitality (see restrictions above)
• Hotel and other accommodation following COVID-secure guidance
• Leisure and sports facilities including gyms
• Entertainment and Tourism (see restrictions above)
• Personal care and close contact services (hairdressers,
barbers, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, nail salons, spas and beauty services, massage parlours and tanning salons)
• Public buildings (libraries, community centres
• Allotments, recycling and waste centres, public toilets, car
• Essential public services (NHS and medical services, courts,
and jobcentre plus sites)
• Early year settings, schools, colleges and universities
Activities allowed to continue
• Organised sport and physical activity can
take place outdoors in any number. If it is not a formally organised, you can only exercise outdoors in groups of up to six (or your household or support bubble), or indoors with your own households or support bubble.
• Organised indoor sport and indoor exercise classes can take place if the rule of 6 is followed. (exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes, and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing)
• Sport, live performances and business events are allowed to take place indoors (at 50% capacity or 1000 people indoors, whichever is lower) and outdoors (at 50% capacity, or either 4,000 people, whichever is lower)
Weddings, civil partnerships, and funerals
• Weddings, civil partnerships and wedding receptions can take place with restrictions on numbers of attendees (max of 15 people attending)
• Funerals and linked commemorative events (e.g. wakes, stone settings) can take place with restrictions on numbers of attendees (up to 30 and 15 attendees respectively)
Social contact restrictions
You must not:
View Exemptions from gatherings limits
Visiting relatives/friends in care homes
- Visit friends or family in care homes with COVID-secure arrangements (i.e. substantial screens, visiting pods, and window visits).
- As an interim measure, indoor visits in the absence of
testing will be limited to two people from a Tier 1 area with social distancing, no physical contact, PPE use and good hand hygiene observed at all times. Where testing is available, it should be used.
Guidance for clinically
- Full guidance is available on the government website
Guidance for clinically
- Take extra precautions by strictly maintaining social distancing, meeting outside if possible, and keeping the number of different people you meet low
- Work from home where possible (you can still attend work if homeworking is not possible)
- Further guidance is available on the government website
Attending work and travel
Going to work
• Employees able to work from home should continue to do so. In cases where homeworking is not possible, you can attend your workplace which should be COVID-secure.
• Stay local and avoid travelling outside of your local area
• Walk or cycle where possible or plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport
• Avoid travel to or overnight stays in Tier 3 areas
• Not travel into a Tier 4 area (unless required for work, education, to visit your support bubble, to provide emergency assistance, and to avoid injury or illness, or to escape a risk of harm, to attend hospital, GP and other medical appointments)
View the government’s full guidance on travel
• You must wear face coverings in all mandated settings.
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