Covid-19: Licensing issues

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, 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.

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Off-sales advice (PDF File, 175kb) (PDF File, 175kb)‌‌

Pre-opening Checklist (PDF File, 119kb) (PDF File, 119kb)

Keeping Workers and Customers Safe guidance

Track and Trace Guidance [79kb]

We're Good To Go Accreditation

Outdoor events guidance

UPDATE: A FAQ document has been produced by the trade on current restrictions and the step system. This is a working document which will be updated as new information emerges.

Step System Guidance and FAQs

If you are unsure whether you need a licence for your business, you can contact us or alternatively, for free, practical business advice and support use the Licence Finder.

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