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Businesses permitted to re-open

From Monday 19 July 2021

Following the move to Step 4 of the government roadmap, most COVID-19 legal restrictions have been lifted.

All remaining closed businesses and venues such as nightclubs and adult entertainment venues are able to reopen. All capacity limits at sporting, entertainment, or business events have been lifted.

Hospitality venues such as pubs, restaurants and bars are no longer required to provide table service or follow other social distancing rules.

However, all businesses should follow the principles set out in the working safely guidance.

The government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can, but it is expected and recommended that a gradual return is made over the summer.

Employers still have a legal duty to manage risks to those affected by their business. A health and safety risk assessment is required, including the risk of COVID-19, and to take reasonable steps to mitigate the risks you identify.

For further information about how to stay safe and help prevent the spread, please visit the GOV.UK website.

Please visit the GOV.UK working safely during coronavirus page for full sector specific guidance on re-opening.

We have produced a number of re-opening guidance booklets for different business sectors.

The government has also produced a number of strategies including:

If you would like to contact us with a specific query about your business re-opening, please email Mid Kent Environmental Health Services at