Guidance

Closing certain businesses and venues in Leicester

This document supports the government’s guidance on COVID-19. It provides the list of businesses and premises expected to close in Leicester from 3 August 2020.

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Where increased local transmission of COVID-19 is identified, areas may be required to take additional measures to reduce the spread of the virus.

From Saturday 4 July 2020, certain businesses and venues in Leicester were required to close following an increase in the spread of COVID-19. The rate of infection has reduced since the imposition of these restrictions, demonstrating that the lockdown is beginning to have an impact. Due to this reduced rate of infection some easements have been made to allow the people of Leicester to return life to as near normal as possible.

From 1 August, the protected area is further amended so that it only covers the City of Leicester, removing the Borough of Oadby and Wigston. This follows an earlier amendment on 18 July, which removed Blaby and Charnwood from the protected area.

If your business or venue is no longer within the protected area, from 1 August the England Regulations apply to that business or venue and you should follow the guidance on business closures in England.

From 3 August, certain restrictions in the protected area will be eased, all businesses and venues will be permitted to open or remain open from 3 August, except for those set out in Section 3, which will remain closed by law. See Section 2 for guidance to ensure the safe reopening of businesses and venues from 3 August.

Please see the Leicester lockdown guidance to find out what restrictions are in place if you live, work, or travel in the Leicester area during the local outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), including new restrictions from 3 August for households.

1. Which areas are covered by this guidance?

From 1 August the Leicester Regulations requiring business and venue closures will be limited to the City of Leicester only. Businesses and venues within the protected area and outlined in Section 3 must not be open to members of the public. Failure to follow the law relating to these closures can lead to the individual responsible for the business being issued with a prohibition notice, a fixed penalty notice or being prosecuted.

Businesses and venues within the protected area and outlined in Section 3 must not be open to members of the public. Failure to follow the law relating to these closures can lead to the individual responsible for the business being issued with a prohibition notice, a fixed penalty notice or being prosecuted.  

Businesses and venues outside the protected area in England may continue to operate in line with the England regulations, unless other local restrictions apply. See the list of areas under local restrictions. You should follow COVID-19 secure guidance on Working safely during coronavirus to minimise the risk of transmission, and the government has also given clear guidance on self-isolation if you have coronavirus symptoms.

References to ‘Leicester’ in this guidance refer to the protected area placed under restrictions by the Leicester Regulations from 1 August 2020.

2. Guidance to ensure safe reopening of businesses and venues from 3 August

As above, all businesses and venues other than those specifically listed in Section 3 can reopen from 3 August, even if in the protected area. Examples are shown below of those businesses that will be open, including links to guidance to ensure their safe-reopening.

Business or venue Guidance for reopening safely
Food and drink  
All indoor and outdoor hospitality including, cafes, bars, pubs, and restaurants, can open unless:

They are a part of the premises of a business or venue which must be or remain closed from 3 August, and are not in self- contained units that can be accessed from the outside. Please see Section 3 for businesses and venues that must be or remain closed.
People should only visit a restaurant in their household groups or support bubbles (where an adult who lives alone or with dependent children, can spend time with one other household indoors), or with up to 5 other people outdoors.

Venues should not allow standing drinking and eating. Tables and remote or server ordering are strongly advised.

At this time, venues should not permit live performances, including drama, comedy and music, to take place in front of a live audience. This is important to mitigate the risks of aerosol transmission - from either the performer(s) or their audience.

All food and drink establishments are strongly advised to follow guidance on how to open and operate safely.

Guidance on weddings and civil partnerships should also be followed.
Accommodation  
Hotels, hostels, bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday apartments or homes, cottages or bungalows, campsites, caravan parks or boarding houses Shared sleeping spaces (e.g. dormitory rooms) should not open to any groups, except those travelling in accordance with the current government guidance on social mixing outside of household groups/outside of the home.

Other shared facilities (including shared showers and kitchens, but not toilets) should not open, except on campsites (and only in accordance with government guidelines for cleaning and usage).

All accommodation providers are strongly advised to follow guidance on opening accommodation safely.

Guidance can also be found on safely operating services in the visitor economy.
Non-residential institutions  
Places of worship

Crematoria, including any buildings and grounds
All places of worship are strongly advised to follow guidance on their safe use.

Guidance on weddings should also be followed.

See funerals guidance.
Community centres

Libraries
Exercise and sporting activities that might typically take place in a gym, sports venue or fitness/dance studio should not take place in these venues at this time.

Those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities are strongly advised to follow guidance on re- opening safely.
Personal care  
Hair salons and barbers, including mobile hair businesses These businesses must not provide services which remain prohibited in Regulations including nail, beauty and tanning services.

All close contact service providers are strongly advised to follow guidance on how to work safely.
Recreation and leisure  
Cinemas

Theatres and concert halls

Funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities

Outdoor gyms and playgrounds

Museums and galleries

Bingo halls

Outdoor skating rinks

Amusement arcades and other entertainment centres

Model villages

Social clubs

Indoor attractions at aquariums, zoos, safari parks, farms, wildlife centres and any place where animals are exhibited to the public as an attraction

Indoor and outdoor areas of visitor attractions including, gardens, heritage sites, film studios and landmarks
All recreation and leisure businesses and facilities are strongly advised to follow guidance on operating within the visitor economy.

All operators of heritage locations are strongly advised to follow guidance on operating heritage locations.

Exercise and sporting activities that might typically take place in a gym, sports venue or fitness/dance studio should not take place in these venues at this time. See guidance for managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms.

At this time, venues should not permit live performances, including drama, comedy and music, to take place in front of a live audience. This is important to mitigate the risks of aerosol transmission - from either the performer(s) or their audience. See guidance for people who work in performing arts.

Close contact activity such as visiting an entertainment centre should only be conducted within a household group/bubble.

3. Businesses and venues that must remain closed to members of the public, including after 3 August

To reduce social contact, the government has required by law that certain businesses and venues are closed to members of the public. Businesses and venues required by law to remain closed in Leicester are as follows:

  • Nightclubs, dance halls, discotheques and any other venue which opens at night, has a dance floor and provides music for dancing
  • Casinos
  • Sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars
  • Bowling alleys
  • Indoor skating rinks
  • Indoor play areas, including soft-play areas
  • Spas
  • Nail bars and salons and beauty salons,
  • Tanning booths and salons
  • Massage parlours
  • Tattoo parlours
  • Body and skin piercing services
  • Indoor fitness and dance studios
  • Indoor gyms and sports courts and facilities
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools, including water parks
  • Exhibition halls or conference centres must remain closed for events such as exhibitions or conferences, other than for those who work for the business or organisation who run the venue.

If your business or venue is permitted to remain open, it must close off or cease to provide any of the above services if they are part of the business. For example, an indoor play area as part of a restaurant must remain closed.

There are some exemptions to the business and venue closures listed above and in the Regulations, including:

  • Any suitable premises used for businesses or services listed in the Regulations to host blood donation sessions
  • Training facilities for elite sportspersons
  • Indoor fitness and dance studios for professional dancers and choreographers

All indoor and outdoor hospitality including, cafes, bars, pubs, and restaurants, can open unless they are a part of the premises of a business or venue which must remain closed as set out above – although they may continue to open if they are in a self-contained unit that can be accessed by a member of the public from outside the premises.

We continue to phase reopening and those businesses which remain closed by law will be kept under review so that they can be reopened as soon as it is safe to do so.

4. Test and Trace

Collecting employee and customer data

The opening up of the economy following the COVID-19 outbreak is being supported by NHS Test and Trace.

Establishments in certain sectors, including hospitality, tourism and leisure, and close contact services should assist this service by keeping a temporary record of their staff shift patterns, customers, and visitors for 21 days. This should be done in a way that is manageable for their business, and assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data if needed. This could help contain clusters or outbreaks.

Many businesses that take bookings already have systems for recording their customers and visitors – including restaurants, hotels, and hair salons. If you do not already do this, you should do so to help fight the virus. Please see the guidance for further details.

5. Gatherings and staying overnight

Please see the latest guidance on gatherings and staying overnight in Leicester.

6. Length of closure

Businesses and venues in the protected area of Leicester outlined above were required to close from Saturday 4 July 2020. The Regulations which provide for this are reviewed at least once every 14 days. The next formal review will occur by 17 August.

7. Compliance

As of 4 July 2020 these restrictions were enforceable by law in the protected area, which reduced in geographic scope on 18 July and 1 August. The Regulations which underpin this guidance are reviewed regularly to ensure they are effective and proportionate to the risk to public health.

Everyone is required to comply with the Regulations issued by the government in relation to coronavirus, in order to protect both themselves and others.

An owner, proprietor or manager carrying out a business (or a person responsible for other premises) who contravenes the Regulations, without reasonable excuse, commits an offence.

In England, Environmental Health and Trading Standards officers will monitor compliance with these regulations, with police support provided if appropriate. Businesses and venues that breach them will be subject to prohibition notices, and a person who is 18 or over, carrying on a business in contravention of the Regulations may be issued with a fixed penalty notice.

With the support of the police, prohibition notices can be used to require compliance with the Regulations including requiring that an activity ceases. It is also an offence, without reasonable excuse, to fail to comply with a prohibition notice.

If prohibition notices are not complied with, or fixed penalty notice not paid, you may also be taken to court, with magistrates able to impose potentially unlimited fines.

8. Business support

In England, under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) measures announced on 16 March 2020, businesses and venues in England in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will be eligible for cash grants of up to £25,000 per property.

Eligible businesses and venues in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of up to £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000. Eligible businesses and venues in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000. Businesses and venues with a rateable value of over £51,000 are not included in this scheme.

For more information please visit the government’s business support page.

9. Business rates

In England, as announced on 16 March 2020, the government will provide a business rates holiday for businesses and venues in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector. This includes the businesses and venues in scope for closure listed above. The relief will apply to business rates bills for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.

10. Face coverings

In England, face coverings are currently required by law to be worn in the following settings: shops, supermarkets, indoor transport hubs, indoor shopping centres, banks, building societies, post offices and on public transport.

From 8 August, face coverings will be required by law to be worn in a greater number of public indoor settings including: museums, galleries, cinemas, places of worship, and public libraries. Please be mindful that there are valid exemptions for some individuals and groups to not wear a face covering in these settings.

People are also strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in any other enclosed public space where there are people they do not normally meet.

See the legislation and the full list of premises where it is mandatory to wear a face covering in England.

11. Further information

This guidance will be updated regularly as the situation develops and to reflect frequently asked questions. For information about support for business, please go to the government’s Business Support page or visit GOV.UK.

12. Scope of guidance

This guidance applies exclusively to businesses and venues in the protected area of Leicester.

Published 3 July 2020
Last updated 3 August 2020 + show all updates
  1. This guidance has been updated to reflect the amendment to the Leicester Regulations that took effect from 1 August, and the subsequent revoking and replacing of these regulations that took effect from 3 August.

  2. This guidance has been updated to reflect amendments to the Leicester Regulations coming into force on 24 July.

  3. This guidance has been updated to reflect changes in the regulations regarding the closure of certain businesses and venues in Leicester which come into effect on 18 July 2020.

  4. First published.