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Coronavirus business licensing information

From Thursday 5 November 2020, the whole of England is subject to a second lockdown, meaning the following restrictions come into force until at least 2 December 2020.

The Government has issued guidance on new national restrictions, which you can find on the Gov.UK website. 

  • People are told to stay at home except for specific reasons, namely:
    • work which cannot be done from home
    • childcare or education
    • exercise outdoors
    • medical reasons
    • essential shopping (details of what this means can be found on the Gov.UK website)
    • providing care for vulnerable people or for volunteering, and
    • visiting members of your support bubble.
  • Meeting indoors or in private gardens is not allowed, but individuals can meet one other person from another household outside in a public place. Children under school age and those dependent on round-the-clock care who are with their parents do not count towards the 2-person limit.

  • Non-essential retail is closed, but can remain open for click-and-collect delivery.

  • Pubs, bars, restaurants are closed, but can still provide takeaway and delivery of food (including offering “off-sales” of alcohol). However, these activities are subject to the following guidelines:

    • Food or drink (No alcohol): Between the hours of 5am and 10pm a premises may sell food or drink for take-away, and the purchaser can enter the premises to collect the food or drink.

      After 10pm till 5am the next morning (subject to current Premises Licence permissions), premises may sell food and drink, but the sale must be pre- ordered and only made via a delivery, click and collect or a drive-thru facility. The purchaser must not enter the premises or vacate their vehicle.

    • Alcohol: A premises may sell alcohol at any time (subject to current Premises Licence permissions) but the sale must be pre-ordered and only made via a delivery, click and collect or a drive-thru facility. The purchaser must not enter the premises or vacate their vehicle.

  • Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities, such as gyms and swimming pools, are closed, along with entertainment venues and personal care facilities such as beauty salons.

  • Places of worship are closed, unless they are being used for funerals, to broadcast acts of worship, individual prayer, formal childcare, or essential services such as blood donation or food banks.

  • Construction sites and manufacturing workplaces can remain open.

  • Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies cannot take place except in exceptional circumstances, and funerals will be limited to a maximum of 30 people.

  • Children are still be able to move between homes if their parents are separated.

  • Clinically vulnerable people will be asked to be especially careful but people will not be asked to resume shielding.

  • Overnight stays, staying in a second home, and holidays are not allowed - including in the UK and abroad - although there are exceptions, such as work trips.

  • People should avoid all non-essential travel by private or public transport.

The legislation requiring businesses to close and remain closed can be found on the Legislation website (PDF).