Restrictions on businesses during COVID-19
Find out about what COVID-19 restrictions are currently in place, the rules businesses need to follow and the path out of restrictions.
You should visit the government’s website for details on the latest COVID-19 restrictions and rules, as well as details about which businesses are required to be closed.
The government’s roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions lists how businesses can plan for reopening. See our summary of the steps.
All dates in the roadmap are at the earliest, and the government has committed to giving a minimum seven days’ notice of each new lifting of restrictions. Look out for these announcements.
On Monday 17 May, England moved to step 3 of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown. Below is a summary of the key actions businesses permitted to open from Monday 17 May need to take. This list is not exhaustive and you should visit the government’s working safely during COVID-19 page for the latest sector-specific guidance.
|In addition to the above|
|Indoor hospitality venues including restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes||
|Indoor entertainment and attractions including cinemas, theatres, casinos, amusement arcades, children’s play areas, museums.|
|Indoor and outdoor events including live performances, sporting events, business events|
|Holiday accommodation including hotels and B&B's||
|Indoor sports facilities including gym classes||
Emergency legislation gives local authorities temporary powers to ensure compliance with the compulsory closure of businesses. If you think a business is in breach of the current closure requirements, contact Trading Standards.
If your business is permitted to open, you must ensure that your business is run safely and in compliance with COVID-19 requirements.
Page last updated: 18 May 2021