Reopening your business

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To help ensure that those businesses are COVID-secure GOV.UK has created a range of guides to help different types of work.

Businesses will need to consider a range of factors when opening, including assessing the controls needed to operate safely to protect staff and customers from the risk of spreading coronavirus.

Many businesses operate in more than one type of workplace and you may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe.

Reopening your business tool

The government has developed a useful tool to help businesses to carry out risk assessments ahead of reopening. 

Types of business

Businesses reopening from 11 July 2020

From 11 July the re-opening of outdoor swimming pools and water parks will be permitted.

All recreation and leisure businesses and facilities are strongly advised to follow guidance on operating within the visitor economy and guidance for providers of sports and leisure facilities. It is also strongly advised that close-contact activity only occurs within a household group/bubble or with one other household/bubble. See guidance on forming a support bubble.

The following businesses which had to remain closed in law will be permitted to reopen from Monday 13 July:

  • Spas
  • Nail bars and salons and beauty salons
  • Tanning booths and salons
  • Massage parlours
  • Tattoo parlours
  • Body and skin piercing services

Coronavirus secure guides cover a range of different types of work:

  • close contact services guidance - hairdressing, barber shops, beauty, nail bars, make up, tattooing, spray tanning, spas, sports and massage therapy, dress fitters, tailors, fashion designers
  • new visitor economy guidance - hotels, guest accommodation, indoor and outdoor attractions, business events and consumer shows

What to do if you hear about a coronavirus case in your business?

If a member of staff or customer tells you that they suspect they have (or have tested positive for) coronavirus, please contact the Public Health England Hampshire and Isle of Wight Health Protection Team (South East) by calling: 0344 225 3861.

There is more information on how businesses can help NHS Test and Trace on the GOV.UK website.

Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

The government's Eat Out to Help Out Scheme has been announced and offers a discount to diners and encourages them to eat at your restaurant. If you would like to register your business for this scheme you can do so on the website.

Need to manage queues outside your business?

Hampshire County Council has issued guidance on signage and street markings to help manage queues.

Some businesses are not able to open at this time

The government has published (and is regularly updating) a list of businesses that need to remain closed and legal exceptions.

Need more help or advice?

If you require any further assistance our Food and Safety Team is available to help via email at or telephone on 023 9244 6654.