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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice.

Coronavirus: lifting of business closure requirements and restrictions

Businesses and venues that are open must follow our guidance on ensuring customers and staff are safe, and remain compliant with legal requirements.

The government has published a Road Map which sets out proposals on how and when businesses and other attractions are likely to open, depending on the latest coronavirus data.

Business that can open from 17 May

From Monday 17 May nearly all businesses can open for step 3 of the government's Road Map.

Exceptions include nightclubs and some large events.

Read our guidance on re-opening outdoor hospitality businesses.

Business that must remain closed 

Settings such as nightclubs and adult entertainment venues must still remain closed and restrictions on social contact and large events still apply. 

These restrictions are hoped to be lifted in step 4 of the government's Road Map from 21 June at the earliest.

Ensuring compliance

Our Environmental Health team, Trading Standards team and licensing officers continue to advise and respond to complaints, as they have throughout the pandemic, engaging with businesses and using formal enforcement as a last resort, when advice is ignored. Safe working practices to protect customers and employees remains a priority.

We continue to work closely with Dorset Police, who have the powers to deal with individual members of the public. Only the police can enforce the COVID-19 requirements relating to illegal gatherings and travel and movement restrictions by individuals.

Contact us

Like businesses, we wait for public announcements to confirm the key dates for re-opening. Once any changes to legislation or guidance are published we can advise on those.

Get in touch if you would like further guidance on the current requirements or any published legislation on re-opening.

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