THE HEALTH PROTECTION (CORONAVIRUS BUSINESS CLOSURE) (ENGLAND) REGULATIONS 2020
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 Place||Exceptions|
|Restaurants||Food delivery and takeaway can remain operational.|
|Cafes||Food 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
|Bars – including bars in hotels or members’ clubs|
Any suitable premises in this category may be used for blood donor sessions
|Business, Premises or Place||Exceptions|
|Cinemas, Theatres, Concert Halls, Museums and Galleries and Bingo Halls||Live streaming of a performance by a small group could be permissible with social distancing observed.|
|Nail, beauty hair salons and barbers|
|Tattoo and Piercing parlours|
|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 markets||Except those selling food|
|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 similar||Facilities 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 services||Funerals 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 grounds||Must 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|
|Storage and distribution facilities including delivery drop off and collection for all businesses in this table|
|Car repair and MOT|
|Taxi or vehicle hire|
|Banks, building societies, short term loan providers and cash points|
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For all other categories email Rother DC on email@example.com
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
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