Guidance

Closing certain businesses and venues in England

This guidance sets out restrictions on certain businesses and venues in England under the different local COVID alert levels.

Documents

Designation letter 16 June 2020

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This page explains the rules about business closures in England that came into effect on 2 December 2020.

The national restrictions were replaced on 2 December with a regionally differentiated approach, where different tiers of restrictions apply in different parts of the country.

There are 3 tiers for local restrictions:

  • Tier 1: Medium alert
  • Tier 2: High alert
  • Tier 3: Very high alert

The toughest measures are targeted in areas where the virus is most prevalent or where we are seeing sharper increases in the rate of infection.

As of 2 December, most businesses and venues are allowed to open, following COVID-19 Secure guidelines.

This guidance sets out the restrictions that certain businesses and venues in England are required to follow.

Published 23 March 2020
Last updated 3 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated information about business and venue closures in England, reflecting the introduction of local restriction tiers that came into effect on 2 December 2020.

  2. Updated 5 November 2020

  3. Updated to reflect the local COVID alert levels.

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

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

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

  7. Updated PDF

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

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

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Guidance updated to reflect current regulations.

  14. Guidance updated to reflect current regulations.

  15. Guidance updated to reflect current regulations.

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

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

  18. Updated compliance section

  19. Guidance amended to reflect the updated regulations.

  20. Updated guidance.

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

  22. First published.