Guidance: Closing certain businesses and venues in England

Cabinet Office

February 24
19:24 2021

Designation letter 16 June 2020

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The Government has set out plans to ease restrictions on businesses and venues over time as outlined in the roadmap set out in COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021. You can find out more on reopening businesses and venues in England.

COVID-19 case numbers are rising rapidly across the country. We must act now to control the spread of the virus. The single most important action we can all take to fight coronavirus is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.

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

This guidance sets out the restrictions that certain businesses and venues in England are required to follow.

Published 23 March 2020
Last updated 24 February 2021 +show all updates
  1. Added link to guidance page 'Reopening businesses and venues in England'

  2. Updated guidance for business closures in line with the latest government guidance.

  3. guidance updated

  4. Updated information about business and venue closures in England, reflecting the introduction of local restriction tiers that came into effect on 2 December 2020.

  5. Updated 5 November 2020

  6. Updated to reflect the local COVID alert levels.

  7. This guidance was updated following new measures announced by the Prime Minister on 22 September 2020.

  8. Guidance updated to reflect changes in rules about social contact, and requirements for certain businesses and venues to collect data for test and trace.

  9. Updated to reflect changes in rules on wearing face coverings.

  10. Updated PDF

  11. Updated to reflect additional requirements on face coverings and amendments to 1 August 2020 easings.

  12. Updated to show further easing of restrictions for more businesses and venues to reopen from 25 July and 1 August.

  13. Updated to include easing of restrictions applying from 11 and 13 July

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