Reopening your business after lockdown



The Prime Minister announced on 23 June that the following businesses can reopen on 4 July:

  • Hotels
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Holiday homes
  • Campsites
  • Caravan parks
  • Boarding houses
  • Places of worship
  • Libraries
  • Workplace canteens
  • Bars
  • Pubs
  • Cinemas
  • Museums and galleries
  • Outdoor playgrounds
  • Funfairs
  • Theme parks
  • Amusement arcades
  • Model villages

The government has released new guidance for restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services.

Sadly, the following businesses must remain closed until further notice:

  • Nightclubs
  • Bowling alleys
  • Indoor play areas eg softplay
  • Spas
  • Nail bars
  • Tattoo parlours
  • Indoor fitness and gyms
  • Swimming pools
  • Waterparks
  • Conference centres


The Business Secretary confirmed on 9 June that shops in England selling non-essential goods will be able to reopen from Monday 15 June.

High street retailers and department stores, including book shops, electronics retailers, tailors, auction houses, photography studios, indoor markets and shops selling clothes, shoes and toys will be allowed to open their doors again, provided they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines set out by the government in May.

The government has set out specific guidance for shops and branches. The guide contains several sections, highlighting the importance of:

  • thinking about risk
  • who should go to work
  • social distancing at work
  • managing your customers, visitors and contractors
  • cleaning the workplace
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and face coverings
  • workforce management
  • inbound and outbound goods

Working safely tool

To help employers reopen their businesses safely, the government has launched a new tool to identify the most relevant guidance for your business. The guidance highlighted will help you carry out a risk assessment and make sensible adjustments to the site and workforce.

What is expected from my business?

Employers should display a notice visibly in their shop windows or outside their store to show their employees, customers and other visitors that they have followed this guidance.

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Five steps to working safely

  1. Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment in line with the HSE guidance
  2. Develop cleaning, hand washing and hygiene procedures – follow the guidance on hand washing and hygiene
  3. Help people to work from home
  4. Maintain 2 metres social distancing, where possible
  5. Where people cannot be 2 metres apart, manage transmission risk

Case studies

To Be Consumed Wines
Eggfree Cake Box
Kings Head Pub
Brighton Gin

The government has published seven other guides for different types of work:

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Please remember, it is your responsibility to study the guidance, undertake a COVID-19 risk assessment and implement the necessary measures before opening.


Other useful guides for businesses

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