Reopening your business

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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.

Guidance for specific businesses and community assets

Some businesses are not able to open at this time

The Government has announced that planned reopening of "higher risk settings" from the 1 August would be delayed for at least a fortnight.

This means that the following will not be able to take place until 15 August, at the earliest:

  • the reopening of casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and remaining close contact services
  • indoor performances
  • the expansion of wedding receptions to allow up to 30 people
  • beauty treatments that involve the face, such as eyelash, eyebrow and threading treatments

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

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

If a member of your staff develops symptoms of coronavirus, they should request a free test as soon as their symptoms start.

Once they have ordered the test, they’ll be asked by the NHS Test and Trace service to provide details of anyone who they have been in close recent contact with.

If there is more than one case of coronavirus in your workplace, 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

You can use the Eat Out to Help Out scheme to offer a discount to diners and encourage them to eat at your restaurant. Businesses need to register with HMRC by 31 August.

Find out more on the GOV.UK website.

The claims service for restaurants taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme is open. Businesses must wait seven days from the date of registration to make their first claim, and can only claim for scheme discounts offered on or after the date registered.

Claims can be made weekly and when signed into the service, businesses must select the periods that they are claiming for.

More information on making a claim is available online.

Need to manage queues outside your business?

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

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.