Key updates for Ipswich businesses
With the increasing 'R' rate of COVID-19 in the UK and the country's Alert Level moving up to 4; the Government has introduced new laws and restrictions to help manage the spread of the coronavirus.
The new laws and measures, which could in place for up to 6 months, MUST be followed for businesses to avoid fines of up to £10,000 and to avoid an enforced closure.
UK Alert Level
5 = Critical with a risk of the NHS being overwhelmed
4 = High transmission or rising exponentially
3 = General circulation at a stable level
2 = Low transmission or decreasing number of cases
1 = No longer present in the UK
Below are the new restrictions that will impact Ipswich businesses:
Face masks for retail and hospitality staff
- Staff working in pubs, bars, restaurants and shops MUST wear a mask; matching the existing face covering rule for customers in shops and shopping centres.
Pubs, bars, restaurants & other hospitality venues to close at 10pm
- From Thursday 24th September 2020, pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality businesses MUST close from 10pm every day.
- These businesses can continue to offer delivery services after 10pm however not takeaway or collection.
Pubs, bars, restaurants & other hospitality venues to operate with table service only
- From Thursday 24th September 2020, pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality businesses can ONLY serve customers by table service; ordering at a bar or desk is no longer permitted.
No social gatherings of more than six people
- The existing "rule of six" continues to apply; groups of no more than six are be allowed to congregate indoors or outdoors.
Max. 15 people can attend weddings
- The maximum number of people who can attending a wedding has reduced from 30 to 15, however the maximum remains at 30 for funerals.
This page was last updated on 22nd September 2020.