This page was updated on the 20 November.
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 come into force on the 5 November, they impose closures and restrictions upon a number of businesses. As the Council understands the new legislation and is offered advice by Government these page will be subject to change.
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The Police and Preston City Council have powers to close businesses that remain open against the government orders.
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(a) cafes or canteens at a hospital, care home or school, or provider of post-16 education or training (as defined in paragraph 1(8) of Schedule 17 to the Coronavirus Act 2020(1));
(b) canteens at criminal justice accommodation or an establishment intended for use for naval, military or air force purposes or for the purposes of the Department of the Secretary of State responsible for defence;
(c) services providing food and drink or either to the homeless.
Workplace canteens may remain open where there is no practical alternative for staff at that workplace to obtain food.
3. Bars, including bars in hotels or members' clubs
4. Social clubs
5. Public houses
Businesses may offer;
Planning regulation has been changed to enable restaurants, cafes and pubs which have not previously offered delivery and hot food takeaway to be able to do so.
Hospitality venues providing food and drink for consumption off the premises are not permitted to allow customers to consume food or drink in beer garden or similar seating or from any adjacent seating to the premises.
Room service in hotels and other guest accommodation continues to be permitted as long as it is ordered by phone or online.
8. Nightclubs, dance halls, discotheques and any other venue which:
(a) opens at night,
(b) has a dance floor or other space for dancing by members of the public (and for these purposes members of the venue in question are to be considered members of the public), and
(c) provides music, whether live or recorded, for dancing.
9. Bingo halls.
10. Concert halls.
11. Museums and galleries.
13. Betting shops and adult gaming centres.
14. Spas. (May continue to sell goods e.g. beauty products via on-line sales)
15. Nail, beauty salons, hair salons and barbers. (May continue to sell goods e.g. shampoo & beauty products via on-line sales)
16. Tanning salons. (May continue to sell goods e.g. beauty products via on-line sales)
17. Massage parlours.
18. Sexual entertainment venues.
19. Hostess bars.
20. Tattoo and piercing parlours.
21. Skating rinks.
22. The following indoor facilities: dance studios, fitness studios, gyms, sports courts, swimming pools, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, playgrounds or soft play areas or other indoor leisure centres or facilities, including indoor games, recreation and entertainment venues.
23. Circuses, funfairs and fairgrounds (whether outdoors or indoors), theme parks and adventure parks and activities.
24. Outdoor sports centres or amenities, including water sports, stables, shooting and archery venues, golf courses, driving ranges, outdoor gyms, outdoor swimming pools, water parks and aqua parks. (Personal trainers can conduct lessons but these should be one-to-one and take place in an outdoor public space, such as a park, rather than in private homes or gardens.)
25. Outdoor markets (except for livestock markets, stalls selling food and any other retailer listed in businesses that can remain open, below).
26. Showrooms and other premises, including outdoor areas, used for the sale or hire of caravans, boats or any vehicle which can be propelled by mechanical means, and car washes.
27. Auction houses (except for auctions of livestock or agricultural equipment).
28. Model villages.
29. Visitor attractions at film studios.
30. Aquariums, zoos, safari parks, farms, wildlife centres and any place where animals are exhibited to the public as an attraction.
31. Indoor attractions (which are more than 50% enclosed) at visitor attractions such as:
(a) botanical or other gardens, biomes or greenhouses;
(b) stately or historic homes, castles or other heritage sites;
(c) landmarks, including observation wheels or viewing platforms;
(d) sculpture parks.
The outdoor elements of these attractions can remain open, such as the gardens at a stately home.
32. Conference centres and exhibition halls, so far as they are used to host conferences, exhibitions, trade shows, private dining events or banquets, other than conferences or events which are attended only by employees of the person who owns or is responsible for running the conference centre or exhibition hall. For the purposes of this paragraph, a "trade show" is an event held to bring together members of a particular industry to display, demonstrate and discuss their latest products and services with members of the public.
The businesses below must operate in a Covid Secure manner. Please visit our advice for employers and employees during Covid-19.
33. Food retailers, including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores and corner shops.
34. Off licenses and licensed shops selling alcohol (including breweries).
35. Pharmacies (including non-dispensing pharmacies) and chemists.
37. Hardware stores. (DIY Shops)
38. Building merchants, and building services.
39. Petrol stations.
40. Car repair and MOT services.
41. Bicycle shops.
42. Taxi or vehicle hire businesses. (See our Covid Taxi pages)
43. The following businesses:
(b) building societies;
(c) credit unions;
(d) short term loan providers;
(e) savings clubs;
(f) cash points;
(g) undertakings which by way of business operate currency exchange offices, transmit money (or any representation of money) by any means or cash cheque's which are made payable to customers.
44. Post offices.
45. Funeral directors.
46. Laundrettes and dry cleaners.
47. Dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services relating to mental health.
48. Veterinary surgeons and pet shops.
49. Agricultural supplies shop.
50. Storage and distribution facilities, including delivery drop off or collection points, where the facilities are in the premises of a business included in this Part.
51. Car parks.
52. Public toilets.
53. Garden centres. (This does not include florists, nurseries, or foresters. Christmas tree farms can continue operating through click-and-collect and delivery services)
54. A person responsible for carrying on a business, not listed above, of offering goods for sale or for hire in a shop, or providing library services must close.
Such shops include but are not limited to;
However they can still take orders :
a) through a website, or otherwise by on-line communication,
b) by telephone, including orders by text message, or
c) by post;
Customers may collect goods so long as they do not enter the shop.
55. Holiday accommodation, whether in a hotel, hostel, bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday apartment, home, cottage or bungalow, campsite, caravan park or boarding house, canal boat or any other vessel must close.
You can only carry on your business and keep your premises open in order to provide accommodation for people who:
56. Places of Worship must close.
(a) for funerals (Can be attended by a maximum of 30 people),
(b) for commemorative events celebrating the life of a person who has died,
(c) to broadcast an act of worship, whether over the Internet or as part of a radio or television broadcast,
(d) to provide essential voluntary services or urgent public support services (including the provision of food banks or other support for the homeless or vulnerable people, blood donation sessions or support in an emergency),
(e) for childcare provided by a person registered under Part 3 of the Childcare Act 2006,
(f) for individual prayer, and for these purposes, "individual prayer" means prayer by individuals which does not form part of communal worship,
57. Weddings and Civil Partnerships ceremonies are banned, except for 'death bed' weddings, which are limited to 6 people.
58. Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people. Linked ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 15 people in attendance.
59. Community centres and halls must close.
60. Crematoriums or burial grounds must close to members of the public except for: