Get ready to reopen

8 July 2020

The following resources focus on practical guidance to help tourism businesses reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic. Information on emergency funding, including Government support, can be found on our Advice for tourism and event businesses affected by COVID-19 page.

Reopening update:

On 23 June the Government announced that from 4 July:


  • The two metre social distancing rule will be relaxed to one metre plus. Where it is possible to remain two metres you should continue should do so, but where this is not possible it should be a ‘one metre plus’ policy. New guidance will be published to support businesses – including changing office layouts, protective screens, closing non-essential communal areas etc.
  • Restaurants and pubs can open. Indoor hospitality is limited to table services and contact details will need to be collected from customers.
  • People will be free to stay in self-contained accommodation including hotels, B&Bs, and campsites – so long as shared facilities can be kept clean.
  • Tourist attractions will be able to reopen if they can do so safely, outside gyms and playgrounds can also open.
  • Places of worship will be able to reopen, weddings can take place with up to 30 guests
  • Close proximity venues such as water parks, nightclubs, soft play, indoor gyms, swimming pools and spas will remain closed. Taskforces will be established to help them become COVID secure.
  • Indoor facilities for sports will remain closed, and close contact sports should only happen with people from the same household.


Read the statement on reopening.

Local measures to deal with COVID-19 outbreak in Leicester

On 29 June the Government announced that closure directives would be reintroduced in Leicester, following the rise in localised infection rates, which will be reviewed in 2 weeks. Read information on the Leicestershire lockdown.

Current closure guidance and exemptions:

The Government has published updated guidance on the businesses and venues in England that need to remain closed.