Coronavirus: Mandatory Business Closures

27th Mar 2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020

The government has made The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020. They came into force at 1pm yesterday. It broadly reflects the Prime Minister’s statement on Monday (which, until yesterday, had no legal force).

  • businesses in part 1 of Schedule 2 (restaurants, cafes, canteens) must close, except for the purpose of takeaway food
  • businesses in part 2 of Schedule 2 (cinemas, beauty parlours, outdoor parks – about 20 categories in the list) must close.
  • any shops not listed in part 3 of Schedule 2 (a list of 18 categories, including food shops, newsagents, pharmacies, petrol stations and vets) must close.

Please see the link to the full Regulations.