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Roadmap out of lockdown

Covid-19 presents additional challenges to businesses needing to manage both staff and customer health and safety.

You, as a business owner, must put in place mandatory measures in relation to Covid 19 risk assessments and track and trace.

The Government have put in place a three-step plan for the reopening of businesses in England:

12 April: non-essential retail such as hairdressers and nail salons, gyms and other indoor leisure facilities. Hospitality venues will be able to serve food and drink outside.

17 May: Most businesses will be able to re-open. The hospitality sector can serve food and drink indoors but cannot cater for groups bigger than the legal limits. Indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas will be able to open with social distancing measures still in place.

21 June: Re-opening of remaining premises, including nightclubs and ease of restrictions on large events and performances. 

Step 1: from 12 April

  1. Non-essential retailers, personal services and some leisure businesses to will be able to reopen. The social distancing guidance and enforcement options will staying as they are.
  2. Hospitality venues (bars, pubs, cafes) will be allowed to serve people outdoors from this date - but customers must order, eat and drink whilst seated and the following restrictions will apply:
  • on-licensed premises will be able to offer table-service outside so long as they can take orders and payment outside – customers can only access the inside of a premises to use the toilet
  • non-licensed premises will be able to take orders inside, but customers have to consume their food and drink outside
  • the off sale of alcohol can resume
  • takeaway including alcohol from restaurants or other business that can’t yet open is allowed, but must be by distance i.e. online or over the phone and collection is only possible if there is a separate entrance to the closed business area
  • standing drinking outside premises is not allowed
  • there are no prescribed times when business have to close i.e. no curfew
  • You can drink alcohol without ordering a meal
  • There will now be a legal requirement on businesses to try to keep people seated when eating or drinking

 A simple guide to the step restrictions 

Find out more on GOV.UK

Social distancing  

Please see our specific social distancing and safety advice for: 

There is also business specific guidance developed both by Government and industry to assist you in identifying the measures you must have in place to ensure your business is Covid-19 secure. See here

We are here to help

Our Public Protection team continues to visit businesses to help you comply with roadmap out of lockdown rules, but if you need specific advice, please email or if you are a licensed premise.

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