National lockdown: stay at home

On Monday 4 January the UK government announced that there will be a new nation-wide lockdown in England. 

Local support for the cultural sector and tourism

Get support and information at the  website. The updated site is a one-stop-shop to support the local cultural sector through the Covid-19 crisis and beyond.

Find out more about how the website was created and what you can do.  

VisitBrighton has created a business hub with Covid-19 resources, guides and  advice. This is updated regularly as new information comes in.

Read the Covid-19 guidance and resources for sport and physical activity providers.

Hosting Events

Once the national lockdown is lifted you can read our advice on how to host events safely.

Hospitality businesses

National guidance for the visitor economy is available at the VisitBritain website

Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services.

Find a full list of hospitality venues that can remain open and those which must close.

Send an email to to find out if a business is allowed to open during lockdown.

Ceremonies and appointments

Brighton & Hove Register Office is offering face-to-face appointments for Birth Registration and Notices of Marriage and Civil partnership. Death Registrations continue to be via telephone.

The latest rules determine that whilst marriages and civil partnership ceremonies are discouraged due to the health risks associated with bringing people together, they may still legally proceed where there are exceptional circumstances, with a maximum of 6 people (the couple and 2 to 4 guests).

Citizenship ceremonies may continue.

Businesses and venues

To reduce social contact, the government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close.

Find a full list of business and venues that can remain open and those which must close.

Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open.

Essential retail should follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers.

Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect.

Playgrounds can remain open.