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Coronavirus - Health Protection Regulations - information for businesses

Guidance and advice

New regulations

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020 came into effect at 2pm on 21 March 2020.

The regulations provide enforcement powers to ensure that all premises close or remain closed until otherwise directed by the Secretary of State.

These include:

  • Restaurants 
  • Cafés (including workplace canteens)
  • Bars
  • Public houses
  • Restaurants and dining rooms within hotels or members clubs
  • Cinemas
  • Nightclubs
  • Theatres
  • Bingo halls
  • Concert halls
  • Museums and galleries
  • Casinos
  • Betting shops
  • Spas and massage parlours   

It does not include those premises which are open to sell food or drink for consumption off the premises, nor does it apply to food or drink sold by a hotel or other accommodation provider as part of room service.  

The need to remain closed will be reviewed every 28 days and the regulations will expire in six months. If premises fail to comply, then a person carrying on the business (which can include the owner, proprietor, manager, and in relation to a corporate body a director, secretary or other similar officer) face prosecution and a fine.  

Pubs, clubs and bars

The British Beer & Pub Association and UK Hospitality have both produced some helpful guidance on Coronavirus: BBPA Guidance for COVID-19 (

CPL Learning has produced a free online Coronavirus training kit (

Last updated: 25/20/2020 14:31