New Restrictions come into force for business from 5 November

To reduce social contact and help reduce the further spread of COVID-19, the government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December this year.

These include:

  • All non-essential retail
  • Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities
  • Entertainment venues
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services, non-medical acupuncture, and tanning salons.

Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open, but must ensure they follow the existing COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers.

Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect. Businesses should make sure orders are pre-booked either online or by phone and there is a safe handover of the items purchased in a safe location outside of the premises.

Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services. However, takeaway of alcohol will not be allowed.

Hotels, hostels and other accommodation should only open for those who have to travel for work purposes and for a limited number of other exemptions which will be set out in law.

Find out more about how the new restrictions might affect your business on the gov.uk website.