The legislation can be read in full by reading The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020

If you have started providing a takeaway service, please visit our Guidance for Takeaway and Delivery of Food page.

These regulations are made in response to the serious and imminent threat to public health which is posed by the incidence and spread of Coronavirus in England. The following businesses and premises must remain closed;

Businesses and Premises that must remain closed

Food and Drink

Business, Premises or PlaceExceptions
RestaurantsFood delivery and takeaway can remain operational.
CafesFood delivery and takeaway can remain operational.

Cafés or canteens at hospitals, care homes or schools; prison and military canteens; services providing food or drink to the homeless.

Workplace canteens can remain open if there is no other practical alternative
Public houses
Bars – including bars in hotels or members’ clubs


Any suitable premises in this category may be used for blood donor sessions

Business, Premises or PlaceExceptions
Cinemas, Theatres, Concert Halls, Museums and Galleries and Bingo HallsLive streaming of a performance by a small group could be permissible with social distancing observed.
Betting Shops
Nail, beauty hair salons and barbers
Massage Parlours
Tattoo and Piercing parlours
Skating rinks
Indoor fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, soft play areas or other indoor leisure facilities.
Funfairs whether indoor or outdoor
Playgrounds sports courts and outdoor gyms
Outdoor marketsExcept those selling food
Car Showrooms
Auction Houses
Hotels, hostels, BnBs, holiday apartment, home, cottage, bungalow, campsite, caravan park, and boarding houses.Where people are unable to return to their main residence;

or live permanently in caravan parks;

or are staying in caravan parks as interim abodes where their primary residence is not available;

or need accommodation while moving house;

or need accommodation while moving house;or need accommodation while attending a funeral;

they may remain.

Key workers can continue to stay in hotels or similar where required.
Community centres, youth centres and similarFacilities may remain open for the purpose of hosting essential voluntary services or urgent public support such as food banks, support for homeless and vulnerable, blood donation sessions and support in an emergency.
Places of worship for servicesFunerals following the social distancing guidance; live streaming or broadcast of an act of worship; essential voluntary services/public services – food bank, support for homeless and vulnerable, blood donation sessions and support in an emergency.
Crematorium and burial groundsMust remain closed to the public except for funerals or burials

Any business not on the following list must cease offering goods for sale in a shop EXCEPT for Delivery through Website, Email, Text, Telephone or Post

Any business not on the following list must cease offering goods for sale in a shop EXCEPT for Delivery through Website, Email, Text, Telephone or Post
Food retailers including supermarkets, food markets, convenience stores and corner shops
Off licences, licensed shops selling alcohol including breweries
Pharmacies – including non-dispensing and chemists
Homeware, building supplies and hardware stores
Dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services including services relating to mental health
Veterinary Surgeons
Pet Shops
Storage and distribution facilities including delivery drop off and collection for all businesses in this table
Petrol Stations
Car repair and MOT
Taxi or vehicle hire
Banks, building societies, short term loan providers and cash points
Post offices
Funeral Directors
Launderettes and dry cleaners
Agricultural supplies shop
Car Parks and public toilets


These Regulations will be enforced by Rother District Council Environmental Health Officers, East Sussex County Council Trading Standards Officers and Sussex Police. 

For advice or complaints regarding non-food retailers and outdoor activities email ESCC Trading Standards  on

For all other categories email Rother DC on


If a business is found to be trading in contravention of the regulations, they may be subject to an enforcement notice prohibiting specified activities. If this is not complied with fixed penalty notices may be issued. A prosecution may follow.

Social Distancing Guidelines for Business

Retail and public premises which remain open must:

  • Control entry of people into the shop, to ensure that the 2m rule can be observed for both customers and employees.
  • Maintain queue control outside of shops and other essential premises so that the 2m rule is observed by those waiting in the queue – customers must not be allowed to congregate or loiter
  • Within the shop there must be 2m clearance between customers and employees

Food businesses may offer a takeaway service; to do this the following measures should be taken;

  • Payment by direct electronic transfer or tap – no cash
  • Pre order over the phone and pick up at a specified time and location
  • Customer waiting areas to be controlled, for example by demarcation of 2m square boxes
  • Customers must not be allowed to congregate or loiter
  • Frequent thorough cleaning and disinfection of all hand contact points in the waiting area

Queries to: or
Environmental Health, Rother District Council, Town Hall, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex TN39 3JX


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