Reopening your businesses on 4 July 2020

On Tuesday the Prime Minister announced that from 4 July the hospitality sector and other non-essential retail in England can open, subject to being able to meet certain requirements.

  • Pubs and restaurants: the government has published guidance on how these businesses can encourage minimal staff and customer contact. 

    • All hospitality indoors will be limited to table service.

    • The government has also asked businesses to help the NHS test and trace service by collecting customer contact details.  

  • Hairdressers: ensuring that all precautions are taken, including the use of visors.

  • Self-contained accommodation: provided that no more than 2 households stay together, people will be free to stay overnight in self-contained accommodation, including hotels, bed & breakfasts and campsites as long as shared facilities are kept clean.

  • Leisure and tourist attractions: most leisure and tourist attractions will reopen if they can do so safely, including outdoor gyms, playgrounds, cinema’s, museums, galleries, theme parks, arcades, libraries, social clubs and community centres.

 The government also intends to allow some other close-contact services to reopen, including nail bars as long as they can operate in a COVID secure way.

 A full list of all the businesses that must remain closed can be found in the guidance. These include close proximity venues such as nightclubs, soft play areas, indoor gyms, swimming pools, spas, bowling alleys and waterparks.

 Where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, government guidance will allow people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’. This means staying one metre apart, plus mitigations which reduce the risk of transmission. It is vital we all continue to follow social distancing guidelines to keep the virus under control and enable the country to emerge from lockdown safely.

 Further advice and guidance on reopening for 4 July and what you need to do can be found on our licensing page.