Coronavirus: Business Closures

For the latest medical advice, visit NHS.uk/Coronavirus.

 

On Monday 23 March the Prime Minister announced further Social Distancing Measures.

We must all now Stay Home to Save Lives, you may now only leave your home for the following very limited purposes:

  • shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
  • one form of exercise a day - for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household;
  • any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; and
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.

If you do not follow the rules the police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

To ensure compliance with the Government’s instruction to stay at home, the Government will immediately:

  • close all shops selling non-essential goods, including clothing and electronic stores and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship;
  • we will stop all gatherings of more than two people in public – excluding people you live with;
  • and we’ll stop all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals.

Parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed.

Full guidance can be found here  .

In order to further reduce social contact, from the close of trading on 20 March, the Government is telling the following businesses across the UK close:

  • Food and drink venues for consumption on-site, such as restaurants and cafes.
  • Drinking establishments, including pubs, bars and nightclubs.
  • 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.

Takeaway and delivery facilities should remain open and operational. The Government have changed planning regulations so that restaurants, cafes and pubs which do not current offer delivery and hot food take away are able to do so.

These measures will be in place for a period of 14 days, and then reviewed on a monthly basis to consider their effectiveness and compliance in light of changing circumstances.