Reopening your business during coronavirus

As we start getting back to 'normal' more businesses are reopening, to help ensure that those businesses are coronavirus 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 which can open from 4 July 2020

From Saturday 4 July 2020, the majority of businesses and venues in England can reopen, except for a small number of ‘close proximity’ venues such as nightclubs, soft-play areas, indoor gyms, swimming pools, water parks, bowling alleys and spas, which will need to remain closed for now.

Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers and accommodation sites will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to coronavirus secure guidelines. Some leisure facilities and tourist attractions may also reopen, if they can do so safely – this includes outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades.

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

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 01730 266551.