In order to protect themselves and those around them, everyone has a duty to comply with the advice provided by the Government in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, some businesses and venue in the UK have been asked to close.

The following businesses are now required not to sell food or drink for consuming on the premises:

Restaurants, including restaurants and dining rooms in hotels and members' clubs

Cafes, including workplace canteens, but not including

  • Cafes or canteens at hospitals, care homes or schools
  • Prison and military canteens
  • Services providing food and drink to the homeless
Bars, including bars in hotels or members' clubs.Public Houses

Which businesses must remain closed?

The businesses listed below must remain closed. please note this list is subject to change as the situation evolves.

  • Cinemas
  • Theatres
  • Nightclubs
  • Bingo halls
  • Concert halls
  • Museums and galleries
  • Casinos
  • Betting shops
  • Spas
  • Massage parlours
  • Indoor skating rinks
  • Indoor fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools or other indoor leisure centres.

These businesses and other venues must close as they involve prolonged close social contact, which increases the chances of infection spreading. This includes areas adjacent to the premises where seating is made available for customers (whether or not by the business).

Are these closures legal?

As of 2 p.m. on 21 March 2020, closures are now enforceable by law in England and Wales due to the threat to public health. A business operating in contravention of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closures) Regulations 2020 will be committing an offence.

What happens if I do not comply?

Businesses that breach them will be subject to prohibition notices, and potentially unlimited fines. As a further measure, and if needed, businesses that fail to comply could also face the loss of their alcohol licence.

Takeaway and delivery facilities should remain open and operational. This means people can continue to enter premises to access takeaway services, including delivery drivers.

Those venues offering takeaway or delivery services must not include alcoholic beverages in this list if their licence does not already permit. Any forthcoming changes to licensing for delivery and takeaway will be clearly communicated by the government.