Food, drink and retail

12 April

Non-essential retail shops closed during the lockdown were able to reopen from 12 April.

This includes:

  • clothing stores and tailors
  • homeware and carpet stores
  • showrooms, such as for vehicles as well as kitchens and bathrooms
  • electronic goods and mobile phone shops
  • retail travel agents
  • photography studios
  • antique shops, auction houses and markets
  • tobacco and vape stores
  • betting shops - subject to additional COVID-Secure measures, such as limiting the use of gaming machines
  • car washes - except for automatic car washes which are already open

Outdoor areas at cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs, social clubs, including for takeaway alcohol could also reopen from 12 April. You can let customers to use inside toilets.

Reopen outdoor spaces safely

At any premises serving alcohol, customers will be required to order, be served and eat/drink while seated (table service).

You will not be able to provide shared smoking equipment, like shisha pipes.

Customers can meet in a group of up to 6 people from different households - a maximum of 2 households can meet to form a group.

However, all people meeting together must continue to physically distance from people not in the same household or support bubble.

Find out how to get a licence for shop displays and tables and chairs outside.

Planning permission for temporary outdoor structures

If you're planning to put a temporary structure or building in your outside space, you may need planning permission. Find out if you need planning permission.

You also must make sure that your temporary structure or building can be legally counted as ‘outdoors’.

An outdoor space is determined under Smoke Free Regulations. Put simply, 50% or more of the walls must be missing, for example the structure could have a roof and one side.

Any shelter must also be unobstructed by any nearby walls or other walls up to a distance of 1.5m. 

17 May

Indoor areas in hospitality venues were able to reopen. You'll have to provide table service and cannot have shared smoking equipment, like shisha pipes.

Customers can meet indoors in a group of up to 6 people from different households - a maximum of two households can meet to form a group.

Groups seated outside must be smaller than 30 people.

However, all people meeting together must continue to physically distance from people not in the same household or support bubble.

No earlier than 19 July

At this date all restrictions could be lifted, following the government announcement of a four-week delay. The remaining hospitality businesses, like nightclubs and adult entertainment venues, could reopen.

Work safely

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Get free testing kits for staff

Register for free testing kits provided by the government.

On 2 March, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, George Eustice MP, wrote to food, drink and environmental services industries to encourage them to test their staff for coronavirus.

You can access the programme of free tests if you're an employer of over 50 staff. This will run until 30 June, but you must register by 31 March.

Further testing options are also available for organisations falling under the 50-person threshold.

Personal services

12 April

The following were able to reopen from 12 April:

  • hair, beauty and nail salons
  • body and skin piercing services
  • tattoo studios
  • spas and massage centres - except for steam rooms and saunas
  • holistic therapy - including acupuncture, homeopathy, and reflexology
  • tanning salons

Work safely

Check the government guidance for people who provide close contact services, including:

  • hairdressers
  • barbers
  • beauticians
  • tattooists
  • sports and massage therapists
  • dress fitters
  • tailors and fashion designers

The NHS has also provided advice for these services about how to manage and report a possible COVID-19 outbreak.

Events and entertainment venues

12 April

The following were able to reopen from 12 April:

  • outdoor gatherings or events organised by a business, charity or public body, subject to Covid-secure conditions – for example, a grassroots sports match or village fete - people attending must not mix beyond groups of 6 or 2 households
  • supervised activities for children, parent-and-child groups - up to 15 people, not counting those aged under 5

Over the spring, the government will run a scientific Events Research Programme.

This will include a series of pilots using enhanced testing approaches and other measures to run events with larger crowd sizes and reduced social distancing to evaluate the outcomes.

These pilots will start in April.

17 May

Indoor entertainment and visitor attractions were able to open from 17 May.

This includes: 

  • cinemas
  • theatres
  • concert halls
  • museums and galleries
  • amusement arcades and adult gaming centres
  • bingo halls
  • casinos
  • games, recreation and entertainment venues
  • play areas, including soft play centres and inflatable parks
  • conference centres and exhibition halls
  • outdoor and indoor gatherings or events, organised by a business, charity or public body, subject to Covid-secure conditions

Spectators will be allowed at performances. Attendance will be restricted to 50% of capacity up to 1,000 people for indoor events, and 50% of capacity up to 4,000 people for outdoor events. 

For outdoor events taking place in venues with seated capacity of over 16,000, event organisers may apply a 25% capacity cap, up to a maximum of 10,000 seated people.

Large business events will also be able to go ahead, subject to the same capacity requirements.

No earlier than 19 July

Restrictions on social contact and large events may be lifted, subject to the outcome of the Events Research Programme and a review of physical distancing measures.

Work safely

Check the government: 

Find out what you need to do to make your event Covid safe in Brighton & Hove.

Find guidance for the safe return of events from the Association of Event Organisers.

Holiday accommodation

12 April

Self-contained holiday accommodation will be able to open no earlier than 12 April.

To be able to open, all facilities (including for sleeping, catering, bathing, and indoor lobbies and corridors for entry and exit) must be restricted to exclusive use of a single household or support bubble.

17 May

Remaining holiday accommodation will be able to open no earlier than 17 May.

Work safely

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Attractions, sports and leisure

29 March

From 29 March, outdoor sports facilities will be able to open.

This includes the outdoor facilities of:

  • gyms
  • swimming pools
  • sports courts, like tennis and basketball courts
  • golf courses, including mini golf
  • water sports venues
  • climbing walls
  • driving and shooting ranges
  • riding arenas at riding centres
  • archery venues

People can use these venues in a group of 6 people, or with members of up to 2 households.

Formally organised outdoor sport will also return. This can include a larger number of participants, provided that appropriate steps are taken to make it Covid-secure in line with the law. 

At this stage, these gatherings must only include participants - not spectators.

Indoor facilities, like changing rooms, should not be used at this time, but toilet facilities can be used.

12 April

Indoor sports and leisure will be able to open no earlier than 12 April.

This includes the indoor facilities of: 

  • gyms and leisure centres
  • sports courts
  • swimming pools
  • dance studios and fitness centres
  • riding arenas
  • climbing wall centres

Outdoor attractions, including: 

  • adventure parks and activities
  • zoos and aquariums
  • drive in events, like for cinemas, theatres, and other performances
  • film studios
  • funfairs and fairgrounds
  • theme parks
  • trampolining, water and aqua parks

17 May

Indoor entertainment and visitor attractions, including: 

  • adventure playgrounds and activities
  • bowling alleys, snooker and pool halls
  • skating rinks
  • games, recreation and entertainment venues, like escape rooms and laser quest
  • trampolining, water and aqua parks
  • indoor visitor attractions at theme parks and film studios
  • indoor attractions, like aquariums, botanical gardens, viewing platforms, heritage buildings

Spectators will be allowed at elite sporting events such as football or cricket matches and racecourses. 

Attendance at these events will be restricted to 50% of capacity up to 1,000 people for indoor events, and 50% of capacity up to 4,000 people for outdoor events. 

For outdoor events taking place in venues with seated capacity of over 16,000, event organisers may apply a 25% capacity cap, up to a maximum of 10,000 seated people.

Work safely

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Transport

Find out more about travelling in the city.

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Support for you

Free online Covid-19 training

We're working with Hybred Consultancy to offer online short bitesize courses in Covid-19 safety for anyone working in retail, hospitality or events.

These short courses can be done online at any time to suit you up to the 16 July 2021 and are completely free.

The courses are tailored to each sector and contain the latest information and guidance for Covid-19 compliance.

Book this course.

Networks

Networks you can join include:

Financial support

For financial support, you can:

Wellbeing

Visit our wellbeing zone for tips and ideas to help you look after yourself, your family and your friends.

Recovery

Take a look at the cultural recovery plan which is part of Brighton & Hove's Cultural Framework.

Follow the city’s recovery through the Policy and Resources (Recovery) Sub-Committee.