Covid-19: Licensing issues

Regulations to enforce closure of premises

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020, providing coronavirus closure powers came into force immediately from 2pm on Saturday, 21 March 2020.

The regulations were made under Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984.They provide a criminal sanction (unlimited fine) and enforcement powers to ensure the closure of bars, pubs, restaurants, nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms, museums, spas, massage parlours, bingo, concert halls, casinos, betting shops, indoor skating rinks and swimming pools and leisure centres. Exclusions include food and drink take-aways, cafes in hospitals, schools, prisons, supplies to homeless, hotel room-service (see regulations for full details).A person designated by Secretary of State may take such action as is necessary to enforce closure.

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