Covid-19 advice for businesses

Latest requirements and guidance for businesses

New legal requirements regarding COVID-19 - updated 05 January 2021

From midnight on 04 January 2021, England will enter a national lockdown.

You can find full guidance on the website by following the link below.

National lockdown -  Stay At Home Guidance

Businesses and venues which must close under the lockdown are the same as those that were impacted in Tier 4.

To reduce social contact, the regulations require some businesses to close and impose restrictions on how some businesses provide goods and services. The businesses required to close include:

  • non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, auction houses and market stalls selling non-essential goods – these venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services
  • hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery
  • accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, except for specific circumstances.
  • leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and indoor gyms, indoor swimming pools, indoor sports courts, indoor fitness and dance studios, indoor riding centres, and indoor climbing walls
  • entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, indoor play and soft play centres and areas (including inflatable parks and trampolining centres)
  • indoor attractions at venues such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks
  • personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. These services should not be provided in other people’s homes
  • community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities. Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services.

Full details and exemptions can be found on the Government Webpage

You can find details about what grants and business support are available by visiting the grants and advice page at the link below.

COVID-19 grants and advice

How to work safely during COVID-19 pandemic

There is advice from the government and the Health and Safety Executive on how to operate safely, how to clean workplaces and undertake a risk assessment for returning staff to work and the links below will offer further information. 

Government guidance advice to industry sectors

Support for businesses trading internationally

How to clean workplaces safely

Latest advice from the Health and Safety Executive 

How to undertake a risk assessment

CIEH - Legionella lockdown risks and re-opening