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Covid-19 Update – Regulations for 24 May reopening

Regulations for the re-opening of indoor hospitality, hotels, indoor visitor attractions (etc.) on Monday 24 May have been announced. Below is a summary of the key points you must know for your business, with a sector-by-sector summary of the requirements.

Hospitality:

  • Social distancing of one metre applies to relevant hospitality venues. Otherwise 2 metres social distancing applies.
  • Unlicensed and licensed premises may re-open indoors, subject to mitigations previously in place for outdoor opening. Table numbers inside and outside are restricted to 6 people from as many households. A maximum of 10 people are allowed to sit together if they are all from one household. The numbers do not include children aged 12 and under
  • All contact details must be recorded and retained.
  • All customers must stay at table – no gaming machines, pool tables, etc.;
  • Face coverings must be worn once no longer seated for any reason, for example to go to the toilet.
  • No live music or dancing is permitted. Recorded music must be played at ambient level to permit normal conversation.
  • No meal requirement (i.e. do not need to purchase food to stay in premises).
  • All other hospitality events (e.g. gala dinners) face a risk assessment for capacity, and are subject to other indoor hospitality requirements e.g. table seating, contact details, music (etc.)

Tourism:

  • Tourist accommodation may fully reopen subject to allow overnight accommodation for groups of up to 6 people from 2 households, or groups of up to 10 from 2 households in a bubble or where one household has more than 6 members.
  • All contact details must be recorded and retained.
  • Those responsible for indoor attractions, indoor sports facilities, indoor swimming pools, and tourist accommodation must comply with visitor and attendee information requirements.
  • Shared facilities and meeting rooms will be reopened  – capacity will be to risk assessment maximum.

Weddings/Civil Partnership ceremonies:

  • Risk assessment for venue capacity.
  • No restrictions on numbers or household requirements for the top table.
  • Other tables maximum of 10, with no household restrictions.
  • Children under 12 excluded from table numbers.
  • One dance permitted for the couple.
  • No live music or dancing (except for couple) is permitted. Recorded music must be played at ambient level to permit normal conversation.

Entertainment:

  • All indoor visitor attractions including arcades, bingo halls, museums, galleries and cinemas can reopen.
  • Social distancing where possible.
  • All contact details must be recorded and retained.
  • Libraries may fully reopen, subject to mitigations.

Indoor and outdoor gatherings:

  • Increased numbers permitted for indoor gatherings subject to risk assessment per venue if over 15 people.
  • Outdoor gatherings permitted with a maximum of 500, or capped at risk asssessment level if lower.
  • Allows up to 500 spectators at any outdoors event (sport/concerts etc)
  • Lateral flow tests advised for any planned larger events.