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Guidance: Guidance for businesses on further social distancing

Cabinet Office

March 20
21:13 2020

Guidance for businesses on social distancing measures

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As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation, social distancing, and asked that schools only remain open for those children who absolutely need to attend.

This guidance is helping reduce the spread of the virus and reduce the mounting pressure on our National Health Service, allowing those most acutely affected with COVID-19 to access the care they need.

The government is therefore asking the following businesses and other venues across the United Kingdom to close as soon as they reasonably can, and not to open for trade on Saturday 21 March:

  • Food and drink venues for consumption on-site, such as restaurants and cafes noting the exception for takeaway and delivery services discussed below
  • Drinking establishments, including pubs, bars and nightclubs noting the exception for takeaway and delivery services discussed below
  • Entertainment venues, including cinemas, theatres, concert halls and bingo halls
  • Museums and galleries
  • Spas, wellness centres and massage parlours
  • Casinos and betting shops
  • All indoor leisure and sports facilities, including gyms

These businesses and other venues must close as they involve prolonged close social contact, which increases the chances of infection spreading.

Published 20 March 2020

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