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The Government has confirmed that Environmental Health and Trading Standards officers, with police support if appropriate, will work together to issue prohibition notices challenging unsafe behaviours where businesses do not follow these restrictions.
If you have concerns that a business are not correctly following guidelines or restrictions, please get in touch with Environmental Health to raise your concerns via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Prime Minister has set out that from Saturday 4 July certain businesses and venues will be allowed to open:
- Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines.
- Some leisure facilities and tourist attractions may also reopen in order to begin restoring the arts and cultural sector, if they can do so safely – this includes outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades, as well as libraries, social clubs, places of worship and community centres.
On Monday 25 May, the Prime Minister outlined the next steps of the Government’s plan to safely reopen our schools and our economy.
The Government’s intention is also to allow outdoor markets and car showrooms to reopen from 1 June, as the risk of transmission of the virus is lower in these outdoor and more open spaces.
All other non-essential retail will be expected to be able to reopen from 15 June if the Government’s five tests are met and they follow the Covid-19 secure guidelines, giving them three weeks to prepare.
On Monday 23 March the Prime Minister announced further Social Distancing Measures.
We must all now Stay Home to Save Lives, you may now only leave your home for the following very limited purposes:
- shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
- one form of exercise a day - for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household;
- any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; and
- travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.
If you do not follow the rules the police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings.
To ensure compliance with the Government’s instruction to stay at home, the Government will immediately:
- close all shops selling non-essential goods, including clothing and electronic stores and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship;
- we will stop all gatherings of more than two people in public – excluding people you live with;
- and we’ll stop all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals.
Parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed.
Full guidance can be found here .
In order to further reduce social contact, from the close of trading on 20 March, the Government is telling the following businesses across the UK close:
- Food and drink venues for consumption on-site, such as restaurants and cafes.
- Drinking establishments, including pubs, bars and nightclubs.
- Entertainment venues, including cinemas, theatres, concert halls and bingo halls.
- Museums and galleries.
- Spas, wellness centres and massage parlours.
- Casinos and betting shops.
- All indoor leisure and sports facilities, including gyms.
Takeaway and delivery facilities should remain open and operational. The Government have changed planning regulations so that restaurants, cafes and pubs which do not current offer delivery and hot food take away are able to do so.
These measures will be in place for a period of 14 days, and then reviewed on a monthly basis to consider their effectiveness and compliance in light of changing circumstances.