Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Businesses Closures

As you will be aware the Government issued advice to certain businesses that they should stop trading. This was accompanied by the introduction of emergency legislation which restricts such businesses from opening and to do so would be a criminal offence. Any businesses found to be operating outside of the legislation could face prosecution.

Furthermore we can advise that any licensed premises found to be in breach of the above Act will be subject to a review of the licence under the Licensing Act 2003. This could potentially lead to the revocation of the premises licence.

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

These regulations are made in response to the serious and imminent threat to public health which is posed by the incidence and spread of Coronavirus in England. All non-essential premises must close - takeaway and delivery services may continue subject to guidance below.

Click here to view the following businesses and premises that must remain closed. 

Who will enforce this?

These Regulations will be enforced by Selby District Council, North Yorkshire County Council Trading Standards and North Yorkshire Police. 

Retail and public premises which remain open must:

  • Ensure two meters between customers and shop assistants
  • Let people enter the shop only in small groups, to ensure that spaces are not crowded.
  • Queue control is required outside of shops and other essential premises that remain open

Businesses may continue to offer a takeaway service; to do this the following measures should be taken;

  • Payment by direct electronic transfer or tap - no cash
  • Pre order over the phone and pick up at a specified time and location
  • Customer waiting areas to be controlled, for example by demarcation of 2m square boxes
  • Customers must not be allowed to congregate or loiter
  • Frequent thorough cleaning and disinfection of all hand contact points in the waiting area

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Can food be served as takeaway?


More information for pubs and restaurants from the Government is available here. You can also read the relevant legislation about this here.

Can businesses keep outdoor seating?

No - this must be removed or made so they cannot be used. Businesses must not allow customers to stand and gather.

Outdoor Seating - what does that include?

Picnic benches in gardens, tables and chairs on pavements, anywhere the public can sit.

Who enforces the 2 metres apart rule?

Everyone is responsible for this - we must all keep 2 metres from each other - businesses should restrict the numbers of persons using their service so they are accommodated accordingly.