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Coronavirus business closure and restrictions

Updated 2 April 2021

Under the government's published plans for the roadmap out of lockdown  businesses including non-essential retail, hospitality and close contact services, will be able to reopen no sooner than 12 April. 

Businesses which are reopening or have remained open, must ensure they continue to follow the appropriate COVID-19 Secure guidance for their sector.

The following businesses and formally organised activities or events will be able to operate as follows:

Step one

8 March

  • Wraparound childcare including children’s supervised activities
  • Funerals (up to 30 people)
  • Weddings and wakes (up to 6 people)

29 March

  • Organised outdoor sport (children and adults)
  • Outdoor sport facilities eg tennis courts, golf courses

Step 2

No earlier than 12 April

  • All retail
  • Personal care eg hairdressers, nail salons
  • Libraries and community centres
  • Most outdoor attractions eg drive-in cinemas
  • Indoor leisure facilities eg gyms (individual or household groups only)
  • Self-contained accommodation eg campsites, holiday lets (where indoor facilities are not shared with other households)
  • All children’s activities
  • Outdoor hospitality (up to 6 people or 2 households; customers must order, eat and drink while seated)
  • Indoor parent and child groups (up to 15 parents)
  • Funerals (up to 30 people)
  • Weddings, wakes and receptions (up to 15 people)

Step 3

No earlier than 17 May

  • Indoor hospitality (up to 6 people or 2 households; customers must order, eat and drink while seated)
  • Indoor entertainment eg cinemas, children’s play area
  • Organised indoor sports and exercise classes (adults)
  • Remaining accommodation eg hotels, hostels, B&Bs
  • Remaining outdoor entertainment (including performances)
  • Most significant life events (up to 30 people)
  • Indoor events 1,000 people or 50% capacity
  • Outdoor seated events 10,000 people or 25% capacity
  • Outdoor other events 4,000 people or 50% capacity

Step 4

No earlier than 21 June

  • Remaining businesses eg nightclubs
  • No legal limit on life events
  • Larger events


Local authorities have been given powers to enforce the business closures and restrictions under The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020, in addition to other COVID-19 regulations.

Failure to comply with requirements of the Regulations, without reasonable excuse, is a criminal offence. This could result in a fixed penalty notice and/or criminal proceedings with an unlimited fine.

The council is working closely with the police and trading standards to enforce these and other COVID-19 regulations. You can find all of the COVID-19 legislation here

If you receive a fixed penalty notice:

The fixed penalty notice (FPN) will outline the grounds for the penalty including the offence that has been committed and the amount of the penalty required to be paid (including an amount for early payment, where applicable).

The amount of a fixed penalty notice in relation to business closures and restrictions begins at £1,000 for the first offence and increases to a maximum of £10,000 for repeated offences.

If you receive a fixed penalty notice, you have the option to:

  • Pay the amount specified on the Notice, within 28 days of the date of the Notice. Payment of the fixed penalty within that period means you cannot be convicted for the offence set out on the Notice.


  • If you consider the Notice should not have been issued, you can make representations to the council in writing outlining your reasons for challenging the Notice. You can do this by following the council’s complaints procedure.The Notice remains in force even if you have raised a challenge. Should the council’s review of your challenge determine that the Notice should be revoked, you will be notified in writing that the Notice has been revoked.


  • Challenge the Notice by way of Judicial Review (there is no statutory right of appeal against the fixed penalty notice). Should you wish to pursue this option you may wish to consult a lawyer to obtain independent legal advice.

Failure to pay the fixed penalty within 28 days may lead to criminal proceedings being commenced against you in respect of the offence set out on the Notice.

Continued contravention of a requirement in the regulations, without reasonable excuse, is an offence punishable by a fine on summary conviction in a Magistrates Court.

Pay a fixed penalty notice for coronavirus restriction online

Report non-compliance

The majority of local businesses are complying with the COVID-19 regulations. However, if you think a business is not comply with the requirements please report this.

Report a business not complying with Covid-19 restrictions