Reopening April 12th – What Small Businesses Can Reopen in England?
Shops, pubs and restaurants, as well as other small businesses, reopened on April 12th.
However, the rules for social contact still apply: indoor spaces may only be visited alone or with household groups; External settings are limited to six people or two households.
This does not include substantial retail; Personal care facilities such as hairdressers, beauty and nail salons; and indoor recreational facilities such as gyms and spas (but excluding saunas and steam rooms, which are slated to open on May 17th).
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Most of the outdoor environments and attractions have also reopened, including outdoor hospitality, zoos, theme parks, drive-in theaters, and drive-in performance events.
Hospitality venues can be opened for outdoor service without the need to serve a large meal in addition to alcohol, and the 10:00 p.m. curfew has been lifted. The requirement to eat and drink while sitting remains.
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Reopening April 12th for small businesses
- Clothing stores
- Housewares stores
- Toy stores
- Vehicle showrooms (except for rental)
- Betting shops
- Tobacco and vape shops
- Electronic goods shops
- Cell phone shops
- Auction houses (excluding auctions of livestock or agricultural implements)
- Market stalls selling non-essential goods
Other small businesses that reopened on April 12th include:
- Pubs (only outdoors)
- Restaurants (outdoor only)
- Gyms (indoor training, no classes)
- Beauty salons
- Amusement parks
- Drive-in theaters
- Drive-in services
> See also: Covid-19 Roadmap – When Can I Reopen My Small Business in Wales?
Reopening May 17th – Which Small Businesses Can Reopen?
- Pubs (indoor serving)
- Restaurants (indoor serving)
- Steam baths
- Bingo halls
- Bowling alleys
- Large events (with capacity)
- Sports stadiums (with capacity)
- Companies that rely on interior design will be able to open their doors to customers again from May 17th
Reopening June 21st – Which Small Businesses Can Reopen?
- Night clubs
- Larger events
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