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COVID-19 Business Closures - Guidance updated 5 June Published Date: 06/06/2020

The guidance reflects the Regulations which came into force on 26 March and subsequent amendments on 22 April, 13 May and 1 June.  

Takeaway food and food delivery facilities may remain open and operational, meaning people can enter premises to access takeaway services, but businesses must not provide seating areas either indoors or outdoors for consumption of food or drink.

The guidance points out that planning regulations have been changed to enable restaurants, cafés and pubs which do not currently offer delivery and hot or cold food takeaway to do so. although to sale of alcohol (for takeaway and deliveries) must be permitted on the premises licence.

View the full guidance.

Business or venue


Food and drink


Restaurants and public houses, bars or other food and drink establishments including within hotels and members’ clubs, such as dining room



Food delivery and takeaway can remain operational. This can be a new activity supported by permitted development rights in England. This covers the provision of hot or cold food that has been prepared for consumers for collection or delivery to be consumed, reheated or cooked by consumers off the premises.

Room service in hotels and other accommodation.

Cafés and canteens











Food delivery and takeaway can remain operational (and as above).

Cafés and canteens at hospitals, police and fire services’ places of work, care homes or schools; prison and military canteens; services providing food or drink to the homeless may remain open.

Where there are no practical alternatives, other workplace canteens can remain open to provide food for their staff. For example, this could include canteens at police or fire services’ places of work.

However, where possible, the government advises that staff should be encouraged to bring their own food, and distributors can move to takeaway. Employers are strongly advised to take measures to adhere to social distancing guidelines. This may include minimising the number of people in the canteen, for example by using a rota.



Hairdressers, barbers, beauty and nail salons, including piercing and tattoo parlours


All retail, other than those exempt, must close their premises to members of the public. However, staff may be present to make deliveries or provide services in response to orders such as those through telephone, online, or mail.


Click and collect services can also operate, though customers must not enter premises listed in the left-hand column.














  • Food retailers, including supermarkets
  • Dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths, and other medical or health services, (including physiotherapy and podiatry services), and services relating to mental health)1
  • Pharmacies and chemists, including non- dispensing pharmacies
  • Petrol stations
  • Bicycle shops
  • Homeware, building supplies and hardware stores, including where those stores supply equipment for hire
  • Garden centres and plant nurseries
  • Veterinary surgeries and pet shops
  • Agricultural supplies shops
  • Convenience stores, corner shops and newsagents
  • Off-licenses and licensed shops selling alcohol, including those within breweries
  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • Post offices
  • Taxi or vehicle hire businesses
  • Car repair and MOT services
  • Car parks
  • Showrooms and other premises, including outdoor areas, used for the sale or hire of caravans, boats, or any vehicle which can be propelled by mechanical means.
  • Banks, building societies, short-term loan providers, credit unions, savings clubs, cash points, currency exchange offices, businesses for the transmission of money, and businesses which cash cheques.
  • Storage and distribution facilities, including delivery drop off or collection points where they are on the premises of any of the above businesses
  • Public toilets
  • Shopping centres may stay open but only units of the types listed above may trade
  • Outdoor markets

Auction houses

Livestock auctions



Holiday accommodation including hotels, hostels, B&Bs, holiday rentals, campsites, and boarding houses
















Hotels and other accommodation businesses may provide services to those listed below:

  • People who live in the accommodation permanently as their main residence.
  • Any person who is unable to return to their main residence, including non-UK residents who are unable to travel to their country of residence during this period.
  • Those isolating themselves from others as required by law.
  • Any critical worker that is part of the effort to deal with coronavirus, if the stay is necessary for their work. The list of critical workers was published by the Cabinet Office and Department for Education on 19 March 2020 and updated on 5 May 2020.
  • An elite athlete, their coach, or (in the case of an elite athlete under the age of 18) the parent of an elite athlete, if they need accommodation for the purposes of training or competition.
  • Those permitted to attend a funeral as per Regulation 6(2)(a), who need temporary short term accommodation for that purpose.
  • To support or provide accommodation to homeless and other vulnerable people such as those who cannot safely stay in their home, including through arrangements with local authorities and other public bodies.
  •  To those who need accommodation while moving house.

Hotels and other accommodation listed are allowed to host blood donation sessions.

Caravan parks/sites for commercial uses



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.

Caravan parks also have the same exemptions as hotels and other forms of accommodation listed above.

Non-residential institutions




Digital library services and those where orders are taken electronically, by telephone or by post (for example no-contact Home Library Services) may continue.

Community centres






Community centres can open:

  • For the purpose of hosting essential voluntary activities and urgent public services, such as food banks, homeless services;
  • Temporarily to host a blood donation session for these services only. The government strongly advises that Public Health England guidelines are followed; and
  • For early years childcare provided by a person registered on the Early Years Register under Part 3 of the Childcare Act 2006

Places of worship














Funerals may be held but attendees must follow the restrictions as per Regulation 7(2)(b), and it is advised that funerals be conducted in line with guidance from Public Health England.

Burial grounds and cemeteries can remain open. Grounds surrounding crematoria may also remain open, including gardens of remembrance.

Providers of funeral services such as funeral directors and funeral homes, may remain open.

A minister of religion or worship leader may leave their home to travel to their place of worship.

A place of worship may broadcast an act of worship, whether over the internet or otherwise.

A place of worship can remain open for the purpose of hosting essential voluntary activities and urgent public services, such as food banks, homeless services, and blood donation sessions.

A place of worship may also open for early years childcare provided by a person registered on the

Early Years Register under Part 3 of the Childcare Act 2006.

Assembly and leisure


Museums and galleries




Cinemas, theatres and concert halls (indoor and outdoor)


Bingo halls, casinos and betting shops


Spas and massage parlours


Skating rinks


Indoor fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools or other indoor leisure centres



Indoor fitness studios, gyms, sports courts, swimming pools and other indoor leisure centres or facilities can open for training for elite athletes only. See guidance for elite sport.

Any suitable assembly or leisure premises may open for blood donation sessions.

Indoor arcades, bowling alleys, soft


play centres, games, recreation and entertainment venues


Funfairs, theme parks and adventure parks and activities


Social clubs


Model villages


Aquariums and zoos, including safari parks


Visitor attractions at farms


Indoor attractions, including shops and visitor centres, at visitor attractions such as at:

  • Botanical or other gardens, biomes or greenhouses
  • Heritage sites or film studios
  • Landmarks, including observation wheels or viewing platforms





Outdoor recreation


Playgrounds, outdoor gyms and outdoor swimming pools






Outdoor sports courts or amenities, including public and private outdoor enclosed areas can open such as:

  • Tennis Courts
  • Golf courses and driving ranges
  • Basketball courts
  • Bowling greens
  • Football pitches
  • Water sports
  • Stables
  • Shooting and archery venues


The government strongly advises that social distancing guidance is followed when using these facilities – see guidance for the providers of such facilities. Bars and clubhouses at outdoor sports facilities must remain closed other than for takeaway to be consumed off site.