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. Regulation 4, Schedule 2 requires the following businesses and premises to remain closed;

Businesses and Premises that must remain closed

Business, Premises or PlaceExceptions
Any premises on this list may be used for blood donation sessions
Dance Halls, discotheques and any other venue which is open at night, has a dancefloor and provides music whether live or recorded for dancing.
Sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars
Nail bars and salons
Tanning booths and salons
Spas and beauty salons including those which provide cosmetic, aesthetic and wellness treatments.
Massage parlours
Tattoo parlours
Body and skin piercing services
Indoor skating rinks
Indoor and outdoor swimming pools including water parksExcept for elite sportspeople
Indoor play areas including soft play
Indoor fitness and dance studiosExcept for professional dancers and choreographers
Indoor gyms sports courts and facilitiesExcept for training of elite sportspersons at indoor fitness studios, sports courts, gyms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and other indoor leisure centres.
Bowling Alleys
Exhibition halls and conference centresExcept those that work for the business or organisation who run the venue

NOTE; Venues must not allow live performances of drama, music and comedy to take place on front of a live audience. Further detail go to


HM Government has published advice for all categories of businesses allowed to be open at


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.

Environmental Health Enforcement Policy

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

The plan to monitor cases of Coronavirus in East Sussex is led by the Director of Public Health at East Sussex County Council and can be found at