Hospitality businesses in England face fines for not following COVID-19 safety measures

Hospitality businesses in England face fines for not following COVID-19 safety measures
Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events

Posted: Wed 9th Sep 2020

Requirements for businesses to keep customer information for NHS Test and Trace will be made law in England and hospitality venues will face fines if they don't comply.

Amid rising cases of coronavirus, prime minister Boris Johnson announced in a Downing Street press conference that from 18 September it will be mandatory for businesses such as restaurants, pubs and cafes to have a system to collect NHS Test and Trace data and keep it for 21 days.

The government's core safety requirements will also be mandated for hospitality businesses and breaches will be enforced with fines.

A register of environmental health officers will be published to help local authorities recruit officials to visit businesses. Marshals will also be used to check social distancing measures are being followed in towns and city centres.

There's a toolkit to help businesses comply with NHS Test and Trace here.

On Wednesday, new local measures were introduced in Bolton including restricting late night opening hours after a rise in the number of coronavirus cases among young people. The government said the same measure could be used in other areas "with the option of national action in the future".

The 'rule of six'

From 14 September, people must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than six. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes. The limit will be enforceable in law and those who breach it could be fined.

There are exemptions to the new rules such as places of worship, restaurants and hospitality venues which can still host larger numbers in total but groups of up to six must not mix or form larger groups. Education, workplaces, organised team sports and weddings and funerals up to 30 are exempt.

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Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events
I'm a freelance content creator and event host who helps small businesses and the organisations that support them. I have 18 years of experience as a small business journalist having interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from billionaires like Sir Richard Branson to the founders behind brand new start-ups. I've worked for a range of leading small business publications and support groups, most recently as head of content at Enterprise Nation where I was responsible for the prolific output of content on the company's blog and social media. I'm based in Bristol where I run and host regular events with the local small business community and have strong connections to major business organisations in the south west region. In total, I've hosted over 50 events; from intimate meet-ups to conferences with an audience of hundreds including events for international brands like Facebook and Xero. I'm also a big fan of podcasts having hosted Enterprise Nation's Small Business Sessions as well as lots of online events including Facebook Live interviews, webinars and three live web chats from inside 10 Downing Street. With my partner, I co-run Lifestyle District, a lifestyle blog focused on culture, art, theatre and photography. I'm here to help. I'm volunteering free advice calls of up to an hour as part of the Recovery Advice for Business scheme, over the next 6 months. Please get in touch to see how I can help your business. 

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