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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No. 684) still require the closure of businesses as listed, to protect against the risks to public health from coronavirus. To see the related Government advice go to Gov.UK.
Re-Opening Certain Businesses and Venues on the 4, 10, 11 & 13 July 2020
The Government announced further relaxation of the restrictions which come into effect from the 4 July 2020. This means businesses such as Pubs, Restaurants, Hairdressers, Places of Worship, Cinemas, Community Centres, Museums and outdoor amusements can now open from the 4 July, so long as they take measures to prevent the spread of infection. However some premises must remain closed for example these include nightclubs, indoor play areas, beauty salons, tanning studios, skin piercing studios, swimming pools and conference centres.
On the 10 July the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.2) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No. 719) amended the principal Regulations. These Regulations now permit the following to open: outdoor swimming pools and water parks (from 11th July 2020); nail bars and salons, tanning booths and salons, spas and beauty salons, massage parlours, tattoo parlours, and body and skin piercing services (from 13th July 2020). To see the related Government Guidance which applies to pubs and restaurants go to Gov.uk (External link) To see the related guidance which relates to the performing arts go to Gov.uk (External link).
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No.3) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No.750) come into force on 18 July and enable local authorities to give:
- Directions relating to individual premises
- Directions relating to events
- Directions relating to public outdoor places
Local authority powers do not extend to closing entire sectors of local economies or essential infrastructure. The powers to make a direction may only be exercised where conditions specified in the Regulations are met.
These conditions are that:
- that giving such a direction responds to a serious and imminent threat to public health,
- that the direction is necessary for the purpose of preventing, protecting against, controlling or providing a public health response to the incidence or spread of infection by coronavirus in the local authority’s area, and
- that the prohibitions, requirements or restrictions imposed by the direction are a proportionate means of achieving that purpose.
Any issues on the enforcement implications and report any issues with premises please send through to firstname.lastname@example.org
Business and Planning Act 2020
On the 22 July 2020 the Business and Planning Act 2020 was enacted. The provisions affect both pavement café provision and the off-sales of alcohol.