Closing certain businesses and venues in England

This guidance sets out restrictions on certain businesses and venues in England during coronavirus restrictions.


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.

Coronavirus restrictions remain in place. We must take this next step safely to control the spread of the virus.

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 12 April 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated in line with guidance changes on 12 April.

  2. Updated in line with Step 1b guidance changes.

  3. • updates to the sections on business support and business rates, and the inclusion of this information on the business re-openings page; • which closed venues can now be used for the purposes of completing the census clarifying that photography stores are closed by law, rather than photography studios (which are only restricted through the stay at home measure) • updating language on the business closures page to reflect that people can leave the home to partake in outdoor recreation as well as exercise, and the venues this can take place in.

  4. Added link to guidance page 'Reopening businesses and venues in England'

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

  6. guidance updated

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

  8. Updated 5 November 2020

  9. Updated to reflect the local COVID alert levels.

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

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

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

  13. Updated PDF

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

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

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

  17. Guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England updated following the announcement of further easing of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions from 4 July 2020.

  18. Added Designation letter which applies to both the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020 and the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Leicester) Regulations 2020.

  19. Guidance updated to reflect current regulations.

  20. Guidance updated to reflect current regulations.

  21. Guidance updated to reflect current regulations.

  22. The 'Closing certain businesses and venues in England' guidelines have been updated to further clarify the requirements of The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020

  23. Updated designation letter including additional details on which authorities are designated under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020.

  24. Updated compliance section

  25. Guidance amended to reflect the updated regulations.

  26. Updated guidance.

  27. Added guidance on work carried out in people’s homes and additional details to the list of businesses and premises that must remain closed.

  28. First published.