Coronavirus (COVID-19)—keeping up with restrictions for licensed premises in England
Coronavirus (COVID-19)—keeping up with restrictions for licensed premises in England

The following Local Government practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)—keeping up with restrictions for licensed premises in England
  • Roadmap out of national lockdown
  • Step one
  • Step two
  • Step three
  • Step four
  • National lockdown restrictions from 6 January 2021
  • What are the general principles of restrictions on licensed premises and entertainment venues?
  • Self-isolation
  • Self-quarantine
  • More...

The government measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) have changed significantly during the course of the pandemic from the national lockdown to taking more nuanced action in areas of increased transmission, so keeping track can be difficult for practitioners and their clients. This Practice Note aims to provide a reference point for the current restrictions in force in England. For the national restrictions during the initial response to the pandemic, see Archived Practice Note: Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on Licensing [Archived].

Roadmap out of national lockdown

On 23 February 2021, the Cabinet Office published its roadmap out of the current coronavirus lockdown in England. The roadmap contains four main steps to easing restrictions. Before it is possible to proceed to the next step, a four test assessment of the impact of the previous step will be undertaken. This assessment will occur after a minimum of five weeks from the date the last step was taken, because of a lag between making changes and seeing this reflected in the data. At all four steps, the guidance will still be that people should continue to work from home where they can. For further information, see: COVID-19 Response—Spring 2021.

The four tests on which each assessment of the impact of the previous step are:

  1. the vaccine deployment programme continues successfully

  2. evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in

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