Posted on: Mar 30,2020
The government has made The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 which require the closure of businesses selling food or drink for consumption on the premises, and businesses listed in Part 2 of Schedule 2, to protect against the risks to public health arising from coronavirus, except for limited permitted uses.
The Regulations impose restrictions on businesses listed in Part 3 of Schedule 2, which are permitted to remain open. They also prohibit anyone leaving the place where they live without reasonable excuse, and ban public gatherings of more than two people. They came into force at 1pm on 26th March 2020 and will continue for 6 months during the “emergency period” or until terminated by the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State will review the need for these restrictions and requirements. The first review will be carried out by 16th April 2020.
The restrictions will be enforced by Police, Police Community Support Officers, people appointed by Local Authorities and the Secretary of State [Reg. 8(12)].
Anyone who contravenes these restrictions or obstructs police or other enforcement officer without a reasonable excuse will be convicted and fined.
Businesses (including director, manager, secretary or other similar officer) that contravene the provisions will be prosecuted and proceeded against and punished accordingly [Reg 9].
Restaurants, cafes, canteens, bars and pubs must close.
The following may remain open:
The following must close;
|Theatres||Tattoo and piercing parlours|
|Bingo halls||Funfairs (whether outdoors or indoors)|
|Concert halls||Playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms|
|Museums and galleries||Outdoor markets|
|Betting shops||Auction Houses|
|Spas||Nail, beauty, hair salons and barbers|
Indoor fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools, bowling alleys, amusement arcades or soft play areas or other indoor leisure centres or facilities
Stalls selling food.
Any shops NOT listed below must close.
Hotels must close down except to provide accommodation for any person who;
If these situations apply, hotels can provide food or drink as part of room service [ Reg 4(2)].
All places of worship must close down except in the following circumstances [Reg.6];
All community centres must close, except where the Community Centre is used to provide essential voluntary activities or urgent public support services (including the provision of food banks or other support for the homeless or vulnerable people, blood donation sessions or support in an emergency) [Reg.7].
Must be closed to members of the public except for funerals or burials.
All other businesses not listed in Schedule 3 can carry on under the following restrictions;
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