Pubs, restaurants and other businesses wanting to open on 4 July

Guidance on the further easing of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions from 4 July 2020.

On 23 March 2020, the government introduced restrictions on which businesses and venues were required to close in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). A number of businesses providing essential goods and services were and continue to be permitted to remain open.

Businesses that will be able to open

From Saturday 4 July at least some of the remaining businesses will be able to open their doors again. Some of these businesses may still not be able to reopen safely at this time or only able to partially open. It will include:

  • Hairdressers
  • Food service providers
  • Pubs
  • Cinemas

The government has set up taskforces to help with the reopening of pubs and restaurants, non-essential retail (including salons) and recreation and leisure businesses.


The government has produced guidance to advise different businesses as to how they can open up safely:

Businesses that cannot open yet

The list of businesses below must remain closed in law:

  • Nightclubs
  • Casinos
  • Bowling alleys and Indoor skating rinks
  • Indoor play areas including soft-play
  • Spas
  • Nail bars, beauty salons and tanning salons
  • Massage, tattoo and piercing parlours
  • Indoor fitness and dance studios, and indoor gyms and sports venues/facilities
  • Swimming pools including water parks
  • Exhibition or conference centres must remain closed for events such as exhibitions or conferences, other than for those who work for the business or organisation who run the venue