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Coronavirus: a helping hand for businesses

This page contains information for Westminster businesses as the city begins to reopen.

Published on: 15 January 2021

Last updated: 16 May 2021

Roadmap out of lockdown: Step 3 - 17 May

Businesses that can open from 17 May

From 17 May, you can socialise indoors in a group of up to 6 people or 2 households, including for overnight stays. Up to 30 people can meet outside. Pubs, theatres and other venues can open indoors. Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can open for people on holiday.  

You should continue to work from home if you can. When travelling within the UK, you should aim to do so safely and plan your journey in advance. 

You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

From 17 May, and in addition to businesses that have already been permitted to open:

  • indoor entertainment and attractions such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play areas will be permitted to open with COVID-secure measures in place
  • indoor hospitality venues such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes can reope
  • people will be able to attend indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sporting events and business events - attendance at these events will be capped according to venue type, and attendees should follow the COVID-secure measures set out by those venues
  • organised indoor sport will be able to take place for all, including gym classes - this must be organised by a business, charity or public body and the organiser must take reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission
  • all holiday accommodation will be open, including hotels and B&Bs - this can be used by groups of up to 6 or 2 households, and each household can include a support bubble, if eligible
  • funeral attendance will no longer be limited to 30 people, but will be determined by how many people the COVID-secure venue can safely accommodate with social distancing - limits at weddings, wakes and other commemorative events will be increased to 30 people
  • other significant life events, such as bar/bat mitzvahs and christenings, will also be able to take place with 30 people
  • support groups and parent and child group gathering limits will increase to 30 people, not including under 5s
  • there will no longer be a legal restriction or a permitted reason required to travel internationally - there will instead be a traffic light system for international travel, and you must follow the rules when returning to England depending on whether you return from a red, amber or green list country

Businesses and venues that must remain closed

To reduce social contact, the regulations require some businesses to close and impose restrictions on how some businesses provide goods and services. 

A full list of exemptions can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England.