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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice.

Coronavirus business closure requirements and restrictions

National lockdown

On Monday 4 January 2021 the government announced new COVID-19 controls to apply across England from Tuesday 5 January. The legislation is expected to come into force formally on Wednesday 6 January.

Unfortunately, this means that many more businesses and activities must close until further notice. 

These controls are being kept under review by the government. 

What this means for businesses and other venues

The latest lockdown guidance sets out what has to close and what can remain open.

The following can remain open:

  • essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, building merchants and suppliers of building products and off-licences
  • market stalls selling essential retail
  • businesses providing repair services, where they primarily offer repair services
  • petrol stations, automatic (but not manual) car washes, vehicle repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, and taxi and vehicle hire businesses
  • banks, building societies, post offices, short-term loan providers and money transfer businesses
  • funeral directors
  • launderettes and dry cleaners
  • medical and dental services
  • vets and retailers of products and food for the upkeep and welfare of animals
  • animal rescue centres, boarding facilities and animal groomers (may continue to be used for animal welfare, rather than aesthetic purposes)
  • agricultural supplies shops
  • mobility and disability support shops
  • storage and distribution facilities
  • car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas
  • outdoor playgrounds
  • outdoor parts of botanical gardens and heritage sites for exercise
  • places of worship
  • crematoriums and burial grounds

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

Ensuring compliance

Our environmental health, trading standards 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. 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.

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