Business Reopening - Updated 14th May

The government has lifted some restrictions on the lock down measures, to allow more business premises to open and employees to return to work. These changes came into effect on the 13th May:

  • Sectors of the economy that are allowed to be open should be open, for example this includes food production, construction, manufacturing, logistics, distribution and scientific research in laboratories.
  • Sectors to remain closed. The only exceptions to this are those workplaces such as hospitality and nonessential retail which during this first step the Government is requiring to remain closed. 

Full details, including a list of exceptions, for businesses that are currently required to remain closed, can be found HERE 

Work from Home. For the foreseeable future, workers should continue to work from home rather than their normal physical workplace, wherever possible. 

Travel to work. All workers who cannot work from home should travel to work if their workplace is open.

The government has released further details of the five new ministerial-led taskforces that have been set up to develop plans for how and when closed sectors can reopen safely, following publication of the UK’s roadmap to rebuild Britain.

Find out more about the taskforce.

View the UK’s roadmap to rebuild Britain document.

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