Businesses that can open and those that must remain closed

The government has issued new guidance on the non-essential businesses and premises that can open and those that must remain shut.


When can you open

The government is allowing non-essential businesses to start to re-open in two stages.

On 15 June

From Monday 15 June all remaining non-essential retail businesses were able to reopen. They will be expected to follow the new Staying secure during COVID-19 guidelines.

It will include shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets.

On 4 July

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 now produced some updated guidance on the closure and opening of certain businesses and venues as part of further social distancing measures.

How to work safely during COVID-19

As businesses begin to reopen and people return to their workplace, the government has provided specific guidelines to working safely during the COVID-19 crisis for different sectors of the economy.

The COVID-19 secure guidelines include advice and information for businesses on social distancing, carrying out risk assessments in accordance with the Health and Safety Executive, PPE, customer safety, employee safety, and more.

Here are the latest guidelines for safely reopening your business:


Complying with the regulations

Please make sure that you check the government guidance to clarify if your business can open or must remain closed 

Uttlesford District Council will look to offer guidance and support in the first instance but may use enforcement powers if required. These powers may include prosecution, fines and the removal of any applicable licence.

If your business is allowed to open please read the government guidance on opening premisesand the Health and Safety measures that need to be implemented to make it COVID secure.

If you wish to complain about a business:

  • that has opened and is not allowed to  or
  • is trading without any COVID Health and Safety measures in place as advised by government guidance

Then please contact the Environmental Health Team via 01799 510510 or email

Report a business behaving unfairly

The Competition and Marketing Authority (CMA) are leading on the government response to profiteering and needs to be informed of any businesses selling goods at excessive prices. If this is the incident you wish to report, you can complete this CMA's online reporting form.

For any individual Social Distance Breaches outside of a premises

Please inform Essex Police via their coronavirus (COVID-19) breach reporting service.




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