Coronavirus support for businesses

Businesses and venues that can reopen

On 23 March 2020, the government introduced restrictions on which businesses and venues were required to close in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). A number of businesses providing essential goods and services were and continue to be permitted to remain open.

On 15 June 2020 significant changes were made to the regulations to ease restrictions on business closures. These changes meant that non-essential retail businesses were able to open to the public.

Following earlier easements in May and June, from the 4 July, further businesses and venues will be allowed to open. To support with reopening, the Council has produced and sent businesses a leaflet with relevant information, guidance and links.

However, the following businesses must remain closed: 

  • Nightclubs
  • Casinos
  • Bowling alleys and Indoor skating rinks
  • Indoor play areas including soft-play
  • Spas
  • Nail bars, beauty salons and tanning salons
  • Massage, tattoo and piercing parlours
  • Indoor fitness and dance studios, and indoor gyms and sports venues/facilities
  • Swimming pools including water parks
  • Exhibition or conference centres must remain closed for events such as exhibitions or conferences, other than for those who work for the business or organisation who run the venue.

Before reopening, businesses should check on gov.uk (external link) to see if they are allowed to reopen and consider the restrictions and exceptions in place. Advice on the government's website (external link) on reopening your business safely during coronavirus is available. 

Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic is also available on the government's website (external link). 

Businesses are only allowed to reopen if they complying with the government’s guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19. Businesses should print, sign and display this notice (PDF) to confirm to members of the public and employees that they are COVID-19 Secure.

For smaller, lower risk businesses, enforced for health and safety by local authorities and who don’t have dedicated health and safety advice we have created this template to help businesses (Word) go through the risk assessment process and document their findings. 

The Council has also created social distancing posters for you to display for the exterior and interior of your businesses, to remind customers to maintain social distancing. 

Download the posters in A3 size (PDF)

Download the posters in A4 size (PDF)

For businesses that are unsure if they can reopen to members of the public and to report a business that is open when it should remain closed, please contact the Council Trading Standards Service on 020 3373 9937 9am – 5pm. To contact us outside of these hours email [email protected].