Source: Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

The following premises must now close and not reopen for trade after closing on 23rd March 2020:

The Following Must Close: Exceptions:
Food and Drink Restaurants. Cafés (including workplace canteens). Public Houses. Bars & Nightclubs (including hotel bars) and members' clubs Food delivery and takeaway services. Cafés or canteens at hospitals, care homes or schools; prison and military canteens; services providing food or drink to the homeless.
Retail Hail/Beauty/Nail Salons & Massage Parlours, Outdoor and indoor markets. Auction Houses. Car Showrooms. All other retail Supermarkets and other food shops, health shops, pharmacies including non-dispensing pharmacies, petrol stations, bicycle shops, home and hardware shops, laundrettes and dry cleaners, bicycle shops, garages, car rentals, pet shops, corner shops, newsagents, post offices, and banks. Market stalls which offer essential retail, such as grocery and food.
Hotels Hotels, hostels, BnBs, campsites and boarding houses for commercial use, Caravan parks/sites for commercial uses Hotels etc where people live in these as interim abodes whilst their primary residence is unavailable they may continue to do so. Key workers can continue to stay in hotels or similar where required. Where people live permanently in caravan parks or are staying in caravan parks as interim abodes where their primary residence is not available, they may continue to do so.
Non-Residential Libraries, community centres, youth centres, places of worship (for services), cinemas, theatres and concert halls. Facilities may remain open for the purpose of hosting essential voluntary or public services, such as food banks or homeless services. We will do everything to support vulnerable people who are without a network of friends and families. Funerals following the social distancing guidance; places of worship should remain open for solitary prayer. Live streaming of a service without audience would be permissible. Live streaming of a (musical or theatre) performance by a small group could be permissible with social distancing observed.
Assembly & Leisure Museums, galleries, bingo halls, casinos, betting shops, spas, skating rinks, fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools or other leisure centres, arcades, bowling alleys, soft play centres and similar. Currently no exceptions.
Outdoor Recreation Enclosed spaces in parks, including playgrounds, sports courts and pitches, and outdoor gyms or similar Currently no exceptions.

Takeaways & Restaurants

This means people can continue to enter premises to access takeaway services, including delivery drivers. Planning regulation will be changed to enable restaurants, cafes and pubs which do not currently offer delivery and hot food takeaway to do so.

This will be clearly communicated by the government when in effect. People must not consumer food or drinks on site at restaurants, cafes or pubs whilst waiting for takeaway food,

Those venues offering takeaway or delivery services must not include alcoholic beverages in this list if their license does not already permit.

Stopping Public Gatherings

To make sure people are staying at home and apart from each other, the Government is also stopping all public gatherings of more than two people.

There are only two exceptions to this rule:

  • where the gathering is of a group of people who live together - this means that a parent can, for example, take their children to the shops if there is no option to leave them at home.
  • where the gathering is essential for work purposes - but workers should be trying to minimise all meetings and other gatherings in the workplace.

In addition, the Government is stopping social events, including weddings, baptisms and other religious ceremonies. This will exclude funerals, which can be attended by immediate family.