Coronavirus – Business Closures

        Regulation 8(2) The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020

        On Friday 20 March 2020, the government announced that the following businesses must close:

        Food and Drink

        • Restaurants
        • Cafes, including workplace canteens
        • Public Houses
        • Bars and nightclubs, including bars in hotels or members clubs


        • Food delivery and takeaway (link to our advice page)
        • Cafes or canteens at hospitals, care homes or schools; prisons and military canteens; services providing food or drink to the homeless.


        • Hair, beauty and nail salons, including piercing and tattoo parlours
        • Massage parlours
        • Car showrooms
        • Outdoor and indoor markets
        • Auction houses


        • Supermarkets and other food shops, health shops, pharmacies including non-dispensing pharmacies, petrol stations, bicycles shops, home and hardware shops, laundrettes and dry cleaners, bicycle shops, garages, car rentals, pet shops, corner shops, newsagents, post offices, and banks.
        • Market stalls which offer essential retail, such as grocery and food.


        • Hotels, hostels, BnBs, Campsites and boarding houses for commercial use
        • Caravan parks/sites for commercial uses


        • Where people live in these as interim abodes whilst their primary residence is unavailable they may continue to do so.
        • Key workers can continue to stay in hotels or similar where required.
        • Where people live permanently in caravan parks or are staying in caravan parks as interim abodes where their primary residence is not available, they may continue to do so.

        Non-residential institutions

        • Business, premises or place
        • Libraries
        • Community centres, youth centres or similar
        • Places of worship
        • Cinemas, theatres and concert halls


        • Food banks
        • Homeless services
        • Funerals following the social distancing guidance; places of worship should remain open for solitary prayer.
        • Live streaming of a service without audience would be permissible.
        • Live streaming of a performance by a small group could be permissible with social distancing observed.

        Assembly and leisure

        • Museums and galleries
        • Bingo halls, casinos and betting shops
        • Spas
        • Fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools or other indoor leisure centres
        • Arcades, bowling alleys, soft play centres and similar

        Outdoor recreation

        • Enclosed spaces in parks, including playgrounds, sports courts and pitches, and outdoors gyms or similar

        More information can be found:


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