Easing of lockdown restrictions for Tourism and Hospitality sectors
On 23 June, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that more businesses can reopen from 4 July 2020 in England, providing they adhere to certain COVID secure guidelines.
Leisure and Hospitality sector
The long-awaited news that pubs and restaurants can begin to trade from 4 July was welcomed by the hospitality industry which has been hit particularly hard during lockdown. People will also be able to enjoy ‘staycations’ within England as accommodation sites will be able to re-open for visitors.
Hairdressers are also allowed to open – a sigh of relief for those that undertook bodged DIY haircuts in the last few months.
Unfortunately some business and venues will still be required to remain closed for now:
- Bowling alleys and Indoor skating rinks
- Indoor fitness and dance studios, and indoor gyms and sports venues/facilities
- Indoor play areas including soft play
- Massage, tattoo and piercing parlours
- Nail bars, beauty salons and tanning salons
- 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.
Cafes, restaurants and shops that are self-contained and can be accessed from the outside, will still be permitted to open.
Arts and culture sector
Certain leisure facilities and tourist attractions may also reopen from 4 July, if they can do so safely. This includes:
- Community Centres
- Outdoor gyms and playgrounds
- Places of worship
- Social clubs
- Theme parks
Guidance for businesses
The government have released a series of guides for employers, employees and the self-employed to work safely during the coronavirus. Those businesses which operate more than one type of workplace may need to consult several guides.Access the guides
Changes to social distance rules
The Prime Minister also announced that from 4 July two households can meet up in any setting with social distance.
In addition, in situations where it is not possible for people to stay 2 metres apart from each other, updated guidance allows for ‘one metre plus’. This means that mitigations, such as face coverings which reduce the risk of transmission, must be used when people are 1 metre apart.