daily update from John Bridge OBE DL, Chief Executive

Easing of lockdown restrictions in England – although not for some!

As we advised yesterday, from Saturday 4 July 2020 many businesses and venues can reopen except for a small number of ‘Close proximity’ venues such as nightclubs, soft-play areas, indoor gyms, swimming pools, water parks, bowling alleys, spas, beauty treatments and nails, which will need to remain closed for now. It is ironic that practical guidance is included in the information below even though they cannot open.

We urge the Government to act quickly and work with the sectors who are being adversely affected by this unexpected and unwelcome announcement to establish a framework and timetable for their reopening. This is critical to many businesses and they need this guidance now.

Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and accommodation sites will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines. Some leisure facilities and tourist attractions may also reopen, if they can do so safely – this includes outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades.

More detailed information covering a number of different types of work can be found below:
• Find the new hotel and guest accommodation guidance here 
• Find the new close contact services (hairdressing, barber shops, beauty, nail bars, make up, tattooing, spray tanning, spas, sports and massage therapy, dress fitters, tailors, fashion designers) guidance here 
• Find the new visitor economy (hotels, guest accommodation, indoor and outdoor attractions, business events and consumer shows) guidance here 
• Find the updated restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services guidance here.

Change to the two-metre social distancing rule

From 4 July 2020, newly updated guidance recommends that you keep two metres away from people as a precaution or one metre when you can mitigate the risk by taking other precautions. Find the updated guidance and further details on mitigating risks here.

New plans to get Britain building in Coronavirus recovery

New measures to help the construction industry boost building and return to work safely have been announced. Planning permission deadlines will be extended, planning appeals will be sped up and builders will be allowed more flexible working hours following agreement with their local council. You can find more information here.


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