Covid-19 Guidance updates
Business updates from September the 22nd
30 September 2020
- Businesses selling food or drink (including cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants), social clubs, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement arcades (and other indoor leisure centres or facilities), funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls, must be closed between 10pm and 5am. This will include takeaways but delivery services can continue after 10pm.
- In licensed premises, food and drink must be ordered from, and served at, a table.
- Licensed and unlicensed businesses must also take all reasonable steps to ensure that the customer remains seated whilst consuming the food or drink on the premises.
- Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can continue beyond 10pm, but only if the performance started before 10pm, and food and drink cannot be served after 10pm.
- Guidance stating that face coverings and visors should be worn in close contact services will now become law (hair salons, barbers, nail salons, massage parlours, tattoo and piercing parlours).
- Customers must eat and drink at a table in any premises selling food and drink to consume on site.
- Businesses will need to display the official NHS QR code posters so that customers can ‘check-in’ at different premises using this option as an alternative to providing their contact details once the app is rolled out nationally.
- Venues should take account of the Performing Arts guidance in organising any performances of drama, comedy, and music.
- All food and drink establishments are strongly advised to follow guidance on how to open and operate safely.
- Wedding receptions and celebrations may take place, but from 28 September only 15 people may attend. See the guidance.
- Businesses and organisations will face stricter rules to make their premises COVID Secure (from 28 September):
- A wider range of leisure and entertainment venues, services provided in community centres, and close contact services will be subject to the COVID-19 Secure requirements in law and fines of up to £10,000 for repeated breaches.
- Employers must not knowingly require or encourage someone who is being required to self-isolate to come to work.
- Businesses must remind people to wear face coverings where mandated.
It is expected that the measures will stay in place until March.
Government has announced an initial £60 million to support additional enforcement activity by local authorities and the police, in addition to funding that has already been awarded.