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Covid-19 UPDATE - 24/09/2020 - 24/09/2020

Here is a briefing of the change in the controls for hospitality venues for Employer's, Employees and Customers of which the UK government has implemented as of 24th September 2020, these may vary for locations outside England.



It is not news of the fact that Covid—19 (Coronavirus) is dangerous and shows no sign of disappearing anytime soon; therefore it is our responsibility as members of the public, employees and business owners to ensure we do our upmost to reduce its effects and impact within the UK.

The government have been periodically reviewing the guidelines that were put in place and have altered these as the number of daily cases dropped; however, these numbers are starting to rise again and with winter looming; it is expected that these may even double by the end of October.



All personnel regardless of their position are responsible to adhere to a general set of guidelines that have been outlined by the government and health organisation, these are;

  • Wear a face mask/ covering when entering any business premises; unless medically exempt.
  • Adhere to social distancing of 2 metres wherever possible.
  • DO NOT leave home if you are unwell and/or experiencing symptoms of the virus.
  • Provide the correct information for Test and Trace wherever requested.
  • If shopping, do so in as small a group as possible.
  • Meet in groups of 6 or less.



The Coronavirus has some obvious symptoms and some other; less obvious symptoms, these symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever or chills
  • New and persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea



As of September 24th 2020 it is a legal requirement that all hospitality venues follow the new tighter guidelines of operating during Covid, these apply to locations such as, Pubs, Bars, Restaurants, Cafes and other hospitality venues; this should also extend to sites that offer similar services such as a social/ sports club selling alcoholic beverages and food.

  • All hospitality venues must be closed by 22:00.
  • These sites are now restricted to seated service only by law; meaning there are no exceptions.
  • Booked groups must not exceed the ‘Rule of 6’ and should be from no more than 2 households.
  • Each group must not mingle with any other group.
  • All hospitality venues are to record all necessary contact information for each customer and is to be held for 21 days; this can be reduced to a single person from each group of 6.
  • All members of staff for these venues must wear suitable face masks during there working hours.
  • All customers are to wear face masks/ coverings while on site; unless seated at a table to eat and/ or drink.



  • Customers full name.
  • Contact number.
  • Date of visit and time of arrival.
  • Name of the assigned member of staff.



Businesses that fail to enforce and adhere to these rules and guidelines may now face a fine of up to £10,000.

Any individuals (Members of the public) failing to follow their specific legal requirements will face a fine of £200 (up from £100) for the first offence that will increase for each subsequent offence to a maximum of £3,200.

As always the experienced Health and Safety Consultant at SME Advisor are here to answer specific questions on the Covid-19 requirements and other H&S matters.

T: 0330 333 4997


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