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COVID-19 secure advice on re-opening your business

Last updated on 10 September

Businesses have a clear duty to support NHS Test and Trace.

From 18 September, it will be mandatory for certain businesses to have a system to collect NHS Test and Trace data, and keep this for 21 days. Core COVID-19 Secure requirements will be mandated for hospitality businesses, and egregious breaches enforced.

The government has also published simplified COVID-19 Secure guidance, available here.

Can my business reopen yet?

The Government have announced that from 11th July many more businesses will be able to re-open.

The advice is changing on a regular basis and can change with short notice.  The information below was correct for the Borough of South Ribble on 14th August but does not take into account lockdown arrangements in surrounding areas of the North West.  For advice in areas other than South Ribble please see national guidance. 

Examples of businesses allowed to reopen from 11 July

  • Outdoor swimming pools
  • Outdoor water parks
  • Outdoor theatres

Examples of businesses allowed to reopen from 13 July*

  • Spas
  • Nail bars and salons and beauty salons
  • Tanning booths and salons
  • Massage parlours
  • Tattoo parlours
  • Body and skin piercing services

Note – whilst these premises may re-open a number of specific procedures will not be permitted.  

Businesses / Service that are still not allowed

  • Face waxing, sugaring or threading services
  • Facial treatments
  • Advanced facial technical (electrical or mechanical)
  • Eyelash treatments
  • Make-up application
  • Dermarolling
  • Dermaplaning
  • Microblading
  • Electrolysis on the face
  • Eyebrow treatments
  • Intricate detailing, outlining or shaving of beards
  • Advanced beauty therapy
  • Aesthetic treatments  (though these may be provided in medical settings)

Examples of businesses allowed to re-open from 25th July

  • Indoor gyms
  • Indoor fitness and dance studios
  • Indoor sports venues and facilities
  • Indoor swimming pools
  • Indoor hot tubs
  • Indoor hydrotherapy pools
  • Indoor whirlpools
  • Indoor spa pools

Examples of businesses allowed to re-open from 15th August

  • Beauty salons, tattoo studios, spas, barbers across England will be able to offer all close contact services and treatments, including – including front of the face treatments such as eyebrow threading, eyelash treatments and facials*
  • bowling alleys, skating rinks and casinos
  • indoor play and soft play centres
  • Indoor theatres, music and performance venues will be able to reopen with socially distanced audiences under updated performing arts guidance published by the Government.
  • small wedding receptions - sit-down meals for no more than 30 people

Full details of those businesses that may reopen can be found at 


Nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques, as well as sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars, remain closed in law.

What businesses can re-open during August?

In July the Government had announced that the following businesses could possibly, subject to rates of transmission closer to the time, be allowed to re-open from 1st August.  On 31st July the Government confirmed that the businesses listed below will not be permitted to open until at least 15th August:

  • bowling alleys, skating rinks and casinos
  • conference and exhibition centres for pilots for business events
  • indoor performances to a live audience
  • further pilots of larger events in venues, including in sports stadia and business conferences
  • small wedding receptions - sit-down meals for no more than 30 people
  • all remaining close contact services – such as facial treatment and make up application

What actions do I need to take if my business is allowed to re-open?

From 24July face coverings will be required in shops and supermarkets – in addition to public transport where they are already required. 

Please note – there are exceptions from the need to wear a face mask, which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

*In addition, for all staff offering close contact services, including hairdressers, should now wear a face mask (type 2 surgical), in addition to a clear visor that covers the face. This will help protect the customer and staff from respiratory droplets caused by sneezing, coughing, or speaking.

The guidance also applies to businesses that operate remotely, such as massage therapists working in people’s homes, and those learning in vocational training environments.

If your business may re-open then a number of guides have been produced to help do so in a safely.  These can be found at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support

In addition, there are a number of specific guides covering a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe. Further guidance will be published here as more businesses are able to reopen.

The guides published so far include –

  • 5 steps to working safely
  • Close contact services
  • Construction and other outdoor work
  • Factories, plants and warehouses
  • Heritage locations
  • Hotels and other guest accommodation
  • Lab and research facilities
  • Offices and contact centres
  • Other peoples homes
  • Performing arts
  • Providers of grassroots sports and gym / leisure facilities
  • Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services
  • Shops and branches
  • Vehicles
  • The visitor economy – including hotels and guest accommodation, indoor and outdoor attractions, business events and shows

All of these guides can be accessed at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

As different business sectors start to re-open the latest help and advice will be published on this page.

If your business is able to re-open from 15 August and you would like to discuss how to operate safely then please contact the Environmental Health team at Envhealth@southribble.gov.uk or 01772 625625.

Other support

BEIS is running webinars for businesses on making the workplace COVID secure: details here.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website contains lots of information for reopening and operating your business safely.

We have developed signage that you can print out and use for your business. The messages are generic so please check  what applies for your business.

South Ribble businesses needing advice on reopening safely can contact the Environmental Health team at Envhealth@southribble.gov.uk or call 01772 625 625.

Controlling legionella risks when re-opening your business:

If you are reopening your business after a period of closure one of the issues to consider is the risk from legionella bacteria. When aerosolised in water droplets these can cause legionnaire’s disease, a serious form of pneumonia.

Legionella bacteria grow in water systems and a period of warm weather will have provided ideal growth conditions for them if water has remained stagnant for any period of time. If your business has been closed for a while or has had reduced usage then you will need to consider what control measures need to be put in place prior to making use of your water system. For many businesses these will be fairly straightforward but for businesses with complex water systems they may be more involved. Advice on control measures can be found in the guidance document from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

The Health & Safety Executive also have information on their website.

Further advice is also available from The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

If you operate a pool or spa you should also consider the advice from the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group.

The Food Standards Agency has produced additional guidance for businesses planning to re-open (for example to provide a takeaway service).  This can be accessed here. 

Test and Trace government guidance for businesses and employers

The NHS test and trace service forms a central part of the Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy for England. The service will play an important role in providing an early warning if COVID-19 activity is increasing locally, regionally or nationally. Information will be used by the Government to help stop the spread of the virus.

The guidance explains how employers and businesses can play their part in the NHS test and trace programme to slow the spread of the virus, protect the health and care system and save lives.

By following the guidance employers can reduce the risk of co-workers having to self-isolate if a member of staff tests positive for COVID-19.

For more information go to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-workplace-guidance