Covid restriction update: Essential guide for hospitality businesses
The government in England has confirmed nearly all remaining Covid restrictions will end on 19 July, but what does this mean for hospitality businesses?
Expert legal advisor, Melissa Toney, explains how restrictions will be eased:
- All businesses will be able to reopen, including nightclubs.
- All restrictions on life events such as weddings, funerals, bar/bat mitzvahs and baptisms will be removed, including the remaining restrictions on the number of attendees.
- There will be no requirement for table service at life events, or restrictions on singing or dancing.
- Face masks will no longer be legally required albeit, the public and businesses are being urged to apply common sense and consider using them in enclosed spaces and on public transport.
- All remaining limits on social contact (currently 6 people or 2 households indoors, or 30 people outdoors) will be removed and there will be no more restrictions on how many people can meet in any setting, indoors or outdoors.
- the one metre plus social distancing rule will be suspended, as well as the indoor and outdoor gathering limits.
- Regulations that place COVID-secure requirements on businesses, including table service, and distancing between tables, will be lifted. ‘Working Safely’ guidance will be updated to provide examples of sensible precautions that employers can take to reduce risk in their workplaces. Hospitality is encouraged to take account of this guidance in preparing the risk assessments they are already required to make under pre-pandemic health and safety rules.
- People will no longer be told to work from home
- Covid-status certificates will not be required by the government to access venues. But businesses can choose to use them.
- Businesses will be encouraged to display QR codes for customers to check in using the NHS COVID-19 app to support NHS Test and Trace, although it will no longer be a legal requirement. The Government wants to replace isolation with daily testing.
Legal advice for hospitality businesses
If you have any questions about your responsibilities as a business owner, with regards to Covid regulations or licensing requirements, please contact expert solicitor Melissa Toney. Call 0117 906 9400, email firstname.lastname@example.org or use our contact form.
Full government guidance is available online.