Which businesses can reopen on July 4?
By Rob Freeman | 24th June 2020
Businesses across England are working through new guidance from the Government which will enable them to reopen on July 4.
Hairdressers, hotels and pubs are among the businesses which have been given the all clear to resume trading - providing they are COVID-19 secure.
The move follows the announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the relaxation of the two-metre social distancing rule.
While advising two metres when possible, he said a one-metre plus rule - meaning people can be one metre apart if suitable safety precautions are taken - could be used to help more businesses reopen.
The guidance issued by the Government covers such areas as reconfiguring seating, minimising self-service and staggering arrivals, while live music continues to be blocked.
Returning customers will be urged to book in advance, place orders online or through apps and to avoid leaning on counters.
All businesses are being asked to carry out risk assessment with Business Secretary Alok Sharma warning the Health and Safety Executive will take action against anyone not complying.
Able to open if they are COVID-19 secure:
- Hotels, hostels, bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday apartments or homes, cottages or bungalows, campsites, caravan parks or boarding houses - Shared facilities must be cleaned properly
- Places of worship - Singing will be banned and weddings will be limited to 30 people.
- Bars, pubs, restaurants, cafes and workplace canteens - Limited to table service only with owners asked to keep contact details of customers to help with contact tracing.
- Hair salons and barbers - Protective measures, such as visors, must be in place.
- Community Centres
- Bingo Halls
- Theatres and concert halls, but no live music
- Museums and galleries
- Outdoor playgrounds
- Outdoor gyms
- Funfairs, theme parks and adventure parks and activities
- Amusement arcades
- Outdoor skating rinks
- Other indoor leisure centres or facilities, including indoor games, recreation and entertainment venues
- Social Clubs
- Model villages
- Indoor attractions at aquariums, zoos, safari parks, farms, wildlife centres and any place where animals are exhibited to the public as an attraction.
Not able to reopen:
- Bowling alleys and indoor skating rinks
- Indoor play areas including soft-play
- Nail bars and beauty salons
- Massage, tattoo and piercing parlours
- Gyms and dance studios
- Swimming pools and water parks
- Exhibition and conference centres
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