The following businesses and venues were permitted to reopen from 15 August:

  • Bowling alleys
  • Indoor skating rinks
  • Indoor play areas, including soft play areas
  • Casinos
  • Exhibition halls and conference centres (although this should only be for government endorsed pilots)

These are in addition to businesses and venues permitted to open after earlier restrictions were lifted, including retail, food and drink, accommodation, personal care, recreation and leisure, non-residential institutions such as places of worship, community centres and libraries. This guidance relates to England, except where local restrictions apply. View list of local restrictions.

A number of exclusions are in place. Click here for a list of businesses & venues which remain closed.

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

Test & Trace

The opening up of the economy following the COVID-19 outbreak is being supported by NHS Test and Trace. Establishments in certain sectors, including hospitality, tourism and leisure, and close contact services should assist this service by keeping a temporary record of their customers, visitors and staff shift patterns for 21 days.

Please see the guidance for further details.

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.

Guidance for Food Businesses

Reopening & Adapting Your Business During Covid-19

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