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Guidance issued for more businesses to reopen on 4 July 2020

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Published: Wednesday, 24th June 2020

Many businesses can reopen on 4 July including pubs, restaurants, hotels, cinemas, hairdressers and barbershops if they have put Covid-19 safety practises in place.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday, of more lockdown relaxations in England, the borough council has updated details on the Coronavirus service updates webpage.

Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services:

Guidance for restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services was updated on 23 June to expand guidance on takeaways to venues providing service at the venue ahead of planned opening, reflect guidance on support bubbles, social distancing, test and trace and feedback from industry.

This applies to any food preparation or service setting where food and drink is sold for consumption at venues or for takeaway or delivery. For example, restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars, beer gardens, food to go, social and similar clubs operating as bars and restaurants, mobile catering and contract catering or similar environments where food and drink is purchased and consumed at a venue in their indoor or outdoor areas or offered for takeaway or delivery.

This guidance also considers entertainment in pubs, bars and restaurants and similar venues where food or drink is served, provided they meet current government criteria for safe reopening.

It does not apply to food preparation or food service in clinical or healthcare settings.

Hotels, guest accommodation, indoor and outdoor attractions, business events and consumer shows:

The visitor economy guidance link offers guidance.

Hairdressers, barbershops, beauty and nail bars, makeup, tattoo and spray tanning studios, spas, sports and massage therapy, well-being and holistic locations, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers:

The close contact services guidance applies to hairdressers and barbershops who can reopen from 4 July 2020, but is also intended to assist other close contact services (which must remain closed until further notice), to prepare for reopening.

Businesses remaining closed from 4 July:

For the time being, certain businesses and venues will still be required by law to stay closed to the public. From 4 July, these closed businesses and venues will include:

  • bowling alleys and indoor skating rinks
  • casinos
  • exhibition or conference centres - where they are to be used for exhibitions or conferences
  • indoor fitness and dance studios, and indoor gyms and sports venues/facilities
  • indoor play areas including soft-play
  • massage, tattoo and piercing parlours
  • nail bars, beauty salons and tanning salons
  • nightclubs
  • spas
  • swimming pools and water parks

The guidance 'closing certain businesses and venues in England' is expected to be updated in due course.

The Environmental Health Team along with Trading Standards and the Police will be out checking that premises have been closed in accordance with the guidance. Businesses who do not follow COVID-19 restrictions will be issued with prohibition notices. Businesses who fail to comply will receive fines. There will be no upper limit to the fines for businesses who continue to ignore restrictions.

Stay Alert - Control the Virus - Save Lives.
Protect yourself, protect others.

The Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, Norfolk County Council, Discover King's Lynn and Vancouver Quarter working together to responsibly support the Covid-19 Recovery Strategy.

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