Restrictions on businesses and venues in England

This guidance details the restrictions on certain businesses and venues in England.



Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed on 17 May. However, coronavirus restrictions remain in place. You should continue to work from home if you can, travel safely, and follow the rules in the Coronavirus Restrictions guidance.

The government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021’ setting out the roadmap out of the current coronavirus restrictions. This is a step-by-step plan to ease restrictions in England cautiously.

Due to the current relatively uniform spread of the virus across the country, the four steps set out in the roadmap are designed to apply to all regions. The indicative, ‘no earlier than’ date for Step 4 of the roadmap is contingent on the data and subject to change.

Published 24 February 2021
Last updated 17 May 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated in line with step 3 guidance changes.

  2. Updated guidance in line with new rules as of April 12.

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

  4. • 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.

  5. First published.