Business Reopening - Updated 6th July

Lockdown measures were eased on 4th July in England, with the exception of Leicester.

All businesses and venues can now reopen, except for a number of exclusions, which will remain closed in law or will be required to close in law.

View list of businesses excluded from reopening on 4th July.

All shops, including cafes, restaurants and gift shops, which are part of the premises of a business or venue which is itself allowed to reopen from 4 July, or was already permitted to be open, can also be open. However, the shop, restaurant or café cannot carry on any business or provide any service listed in the Exclusions

COVID Secure guidelines – Click here for guidance for all workplace settings.

In order to begin restoring the arts and cultural sector, some leisure facilities and tourist attractions may also reopen, if they can do so safely – this includes outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades, as well as libraries, social clubs, places of worship and community centres. Click here for guidance on opening up the visitor economy. 

Reopening & Adapting Food Businesses

Guidance has been published on hygiene and food safety requirements for food businesses, including restaurants and takeaways, food manufacturing businesses and farming and agriculture, to reopen and operate safely during COVID-19. Sector guidance has been provided to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely in the food sector. Click here for more information.

High Street Task Force


A package of support to help high streets to get back on their feet was launched on the 12th June.


The High Streets Task Force will provide access to cutting-edge tools, training, information and advice for high streets across England as part of the government’s efforts to get shops back in business safely from 15 June. Find out more

Work carried out in people’s homes

Updated guidance for those who carry out work in people’s homes has been published, for example tradespeople carrying out repairs and maintenance. Find the Guidance Here.


Restaurants, Pubs & Cafes – Planning Rules

The government has relaxed planning rules for hospitality businesses to allow change of use for restaurants, pubs, cafes and hotel F&B operations, to provide hot food take-away services, for a 12 month period, without the need to apply for planning permission. The measures apply to hot food and drinks. Serving of alcoholic drinks will continue to be subject to existing licensing laws. Businesses are required to tell the local planning authority when the new use begins and ends. 

More guidance for food businesses.

Legislation Information for Change of Use