Business advice – working safely
Further lockdown restrictions are easing from 17 May
The government has announced that step 3 in the roadmap out of lockdown will go ahead on Monday 17 May. Read the changes to rules in full on gov.uk. The Government has updated the guidance on reopening businesses and venues in England to help understand the Regulations in relation to Step 3.
Here's a summary of the key changes:
- Groups of up to six people or two households can meet indoors (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible)
- Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 30 people
- If you are meeting friends and family, you can make a personal choice on whether to keep your distance from them, but you should still be cautious. Read advice about meeting friends and family safely
Hospitality, entertainment and activities
- Indoor hospitality venues can reopen, including restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes. See our helpful update advice sheet for the hospitality sector on the right.
- Indoor entertainment and attractions can reopen, including cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play areas. Employers providing entertainment should refer to the guidance for people who work in performing arts, including arts organisations, venue operators and participants.
- Organised indoor sport (including gym classes) will be able to take place for all. Government guidance on sport and activity, can be found in the Government Guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19): grassroots sports guidance for the public and sport providers. Sport England have also compiled advice and guidance on how the sport and physical activity sector can prepare for a safe return to play. Go to Return to Play
Events and ceremonies
- People will be able to attend indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sporting events and business events – attendance will be capped according to venue type. Employers looking to hold an event should refer to our events pages. For learning about or applying for a Temporary Event Notice (TEN), you can find everything you need here. For more detailed guidance on planning an event during COVID, go to our Planning an event webpage.
- Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions and wakes. Employers looking to provide receptions etc. should refer to COVID-19: Guidance for wedding and civil partnership receptions and celebrations
- Funeral attendance will no longer be limited to 30 people, but will be determined by how many people the COVID-secure venue can safely accommodate with social distancing.
- If you are considering providing entertainment (live music, comedy act etc) at your premises, please do contact the Licensing Team so that they can advise on how this can go ahead safely and legally.
Travel and accommodation
- Overnight stays with friends and family will be allowed with groups of six people or two households
- All holiday accommodation (including hotels and B&Bs) can reopen. Employers also providing accommodation services should refer to the guidance for people who work in or run hotels and other guest accommodation.
- There will no longer be a legal restriction or permitted reason required to travel internationally. There will be a traffic light system for international travel, and you must follow the rules when returning to England depending on whether you return from a red, amber or green list country
Business support – As some businesses remain closed by law, and others prepare to open there is a wide range of funding available to support businesses affected by Coronavirus. For more information please visit our COVID-19 Support for Businesses page.