THE HEALTH PROTECTION (CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS) (ENGLAND) (NO 4) REGULATIONS 2020
In the wake of “Lockdown 2” many businesses are being forced to shut their doors to customers, but for some the ability to trade still remains, albeit in a different manner.
The above Regulations came into force on 5th November 2020 (“the Start Date”) and are effective for a period of 28 days.
Below is a summary of the main points insofar as they affect hospitality businesses:
1. Restaurants, cafés and bars, (including bars in hotels) members and social clubs and pubs must close from the Start Date
2. Hotels, B & B’s and holiday lets must close from the Start Date, unless they are providing accommodation for:
- Someone who cannot return to their main residence e.g. an abused partner
- A homeless person
- Key workers
- Children who need accommodation for the purposes of education
- An elite athlete
- A person who is attending a funeral
3. Other businesses including, but not limited to cinemas, theatres, nightclubs, casinos and betting shops must close from the Start Date
4. All indoor and outdoor sports facilities or amenities, including indoor and outdoor centres for e.g. the disabled/children must close
5. Off licences and licensed shops selling alcohol are permitted to remain open
6. The businesses referred to in paragraph 1 above can still sell food and drink for takeaway (but not alcohol) off the premises between the hours of 5am and 10pm
7. Alcohol can be sold by the businesses referred to in paragraph 1 provided that it is sold either:
- By delivery in response to orders received either through a website, the phone (including text) or by post; or
- To a buyer who collects the food or drink which has been pre ordered be a method as provided in (a) above, provided that person does not enter the premises; or
- To a buyer who collects by car/van provided that the goods are passed to him/her and she/he does not leave the vehicle for the purpose of collection
8. If there are additional premises adjacent to a closed business which can solely provide food or drink for consumption off the premises, they are allowed to open, provided access to them can be arranged without entering the premises which constitute the closed business
Fixed penalties for businesses breaking the above regulations range from £1,000 for a first offence up to £10,000 for a fourth and subsequent offences.
Any questions in relation to the above can be e mailed to Sue Scott or Jess Quigley in our Leisure and Tourism Team on email@example.com