Should you be open – latest govt advice
We have just received an update or should we say clarification on government advice from MP David Warburton. MPs are being swamped with emails and phone calls seeking clarification over whether places of business should or should not be open. There are full details of government guidance below and pleas ealso see the information for takeaways at the bottom of the page too….
This list is as important for the exceptions as it is for the details of those who must shut:
These premises and other venues must close as they involve prolonged close social contact, which increases the chances of infection spreading.
Providers of funeral services such as funeral directors and funeral homes conducting
funerals may remain open, subject to Public Health England guidelines as mentioned in the table above.
Work carried out in people’s homes
Work carried out in people’s homes, for example by tradespeople carrying out repairs and maintenance, can continue, provided that the tradesperson is well and has no symptoms.
Again, it will be important to ensure that Public Health England guidelines, including
maintaining a two-metre distance from any household occupants, are followed to ensure
No work should be carried out in any household which is isolating or where an individual is being shielded, unless it is to remedy a direct risk to the safety of the household, such as emergency plumbing or repairs, and where the tradesperson is willing to do so. In such cases, Public Health England can provide advice to tradespeople and households.
No work should be carried out by a tradesperson who has coronavirus symptoms, however mild.
Takeaway and delivery facilities should remain open and operational
This means people can continue to enter premises to access takeaway services, including
delivery drivers. Businesses are encouraged to take orders online or by telephone, and
businesses should not provide seating areas, indoors and outdoors, for customers to
consume food and drink on. Ordering in advance is strongly encouraged to avoid waiting in, as per Public Health England guidelines.
Planning regulation has been changed to enable restaurants, cafés and pubs which do not currently offer delivery and hot food takeaway to do so. The legislation can be accessed online. People must not consume food or drinks on site at restaurants, cafés or pubs whilst waiting for takeaway food. Those venues offering takeaway or delivery services must not include alcoholic beverages in this list if their license does not already permit.
Length of closure
We are asking the businesses and premises and other venues outlined above not to open
for trade from close of trade 23 March 2020.