Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Advice for re-starting your business

Shops in England selling non-essential goods can re-open from Monday 15 June. High street retailers and department stores, including book shops, electronics retailers, tailors, auction houses, photography studios, indoor markets, and shops selling clothes, shoes and toys, will be allowed to open their doors again provided they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines set out by the government.

Let people know you are open again by joining our Open for Business Directory.

We have put together some advice and guidance about how to meet the COVID-19 Secure guidelines.

Employers should also display a notice visibly in their shop windows or outside their store to show their employees, customers and other visitors that they have followed this guidance. 

Businesses need to make sure that customers and staff will be safe. Look at any extra measures you may need to put in place to manage the risks of COVID-19.

General advice for businesses re-opening

The Government, Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have produced guidance to help you to work safely during the Coronavirus outbreak:

Here are some useful posters you may wish to download to help customers and staff social distance at your business:

Before staff return to work you need to remind them that they need to maintain social distancing, including keeping 2 metres apart from work colleagues. Any staff who are not well should not report back to work. Where they have symptoms of COVID-19, they should follow Government advice and stay at home. 

Advice for food businesses

Read the guidance about Reopening and adapting your food business during COVID- 19

The Institute of Food and Science Technology (IFST) have produced a checklist to help you get your business ready to re-start.

This list should be used along with Government guidance and general advice for food business. You will also need to consider any other need specific to your business.

Food Standards Agency (FSA) - Re-opening and adapting your food business  

Specific Trade Association and Industry Guidance

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) - Legionnaire’s disease - lockdown risks and re-opening safely 

Convenience Stores (Association of Convenience Stores) - advice for Convenience Stores 

Animal Businesses and Dog Grooming (Canine Feline Sector Group) - advice for animal businesses

British Retail Consortium (BRC) - advice for the retail industry and advice for social distancing in Retail Stores and Warehousing 

Market Traders (National Market Traders Federation) - advice for Market Traders  

Water UK - advice about drinking water supplies