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  • Covid-19 Update

    You may have seen the latest update from the Government today confirming that the whole of Northamptonshire is now in Tier 4 as from 00:01 on Thursday 31st December 2020

    In light of this announcement we would like to remind you of the restrictions that are applicable to businesses. A summary is below however the full guidance can be found at

    Businesses and venues which must close
    To reduce social contact, the regulations require some businesses to close and impose restrictions on how some businesses provide goods and services. The businesses required to close include:

    • non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, auction houses (except for auctions of livestock or agricultural equipment) and market stalls selling non-essential goods – these venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services

    • hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery (you should ensure that customers do not use seating areas outside your premises and you must actively discourage this)

    • accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where the person cannot return home, for providing accommodation or support to the homeless, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes.

    • leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centers and indoor gyms, indoor swimming pools, indoor sports courts, indoor fitness and dance studios, indoor riding centers, and indoor climbing walls

    • entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, indoor play and soft play centers and areas (including inflatable parks and trampolining centers), circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks and theme parks

    • indoor attractions at venues such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open

    • personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. These services should not be provided in other people’s homes

    • community centers and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities, as set out below. Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services – for example for people who do not have it at home – and for click-and-collect services

    Businesses and venues which can remain open
    Other businesses and venues are permitted to stay open, following COVID-19 secure guidelines. This includes those providing essential goods and services, including:

    • 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 may also stay open
    • businesses providing repair services may also stay open, 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 pet shops
    • animal rescue centers, 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 gym, pools, sports courts and facilities
    • golf courses
    • archery/driving/shooting ranges (outdoors)
    • outdoor riding centers
    • places of worship
    • crematoriums and burial grounds