Wed 02 Dec 2020

Tier 2 Business Guidance

From 00:01 on Wednesday 2nd December, East Cambridgeshire will come out of lockdown and enter tier 2 restrictions.

East Cambridgeshire forms part of the wider Cambridgeshire and Peterborough tier, which has been categorised as tier 2.

Tier 2 Business Guidance

Tier 2 restrictions allows businesses and venues to continue to operate in a COVID Secure manner.

Exceptions to this are businesses:

  • who must remain closed by law, i.e. nightclubs and adult entertainment
  • pubs and bars that cannot operate as restaurants

Everyone who can work from home should do so.

Where people cannot do so – including, but not limited to, people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction, or manufacturing – they should continue to travel to their workplace. Public-sector employees working in essential services, including education settings, should continue to go into work where necessary.

Businesses must ensure that if their workers are required to self-isolate, they do not work outside their designated place of self-isolation.

Gatherings for work purposes are only allowed where they are reasonably necessary. If meetings take place in the workplace, workplaces should be set up to meet the COVID-19-secure guidelines. Meals to socialise with work colleagues are not permitted.

For more information, follow the guidance on how to return to work safely.

More information regarding tier 2 restrictions can be found on the website.

Restrictions by business type:

Hospitality venues and businesses 

  • Pubs and bars can only serve alcohol with substantial meals, so they are operating as a restaurant. They may remain open for take-away services
  • Other hospitality businesses – including cafes, restaurants and social clubs – can only serve alcohol with substantial meals. If they are a business which serves alcohol for consumption on the premises, they must be table service only.
  • In cinemas, theatres, concert halls and sports stadia, alcohol can be ordered at a bar to be consumed when seated in the auditorium or area where the screening/performance is taking place. This should be limited to only those with tickets. When it is to be consumed in the bar area itself, it must be part of a substantial meal and full table service must be provided
  • Hospitality venues that do not serve alcohol may allow someone to order from the counter, but they must still consume their meal from a seat if eating in
  • Hospitality venues must stop taking orders after 10pm and must close between 11pm and 5am (with exceptions for airports, ports, the Folkestone international rail terminal, on public transport services and in motorway service areas, although these places cannot sell alcohol after 11pm)
  • Hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm such as by take-away. After 11pm, this must only be through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
  • Businesses must not provide shared smoking equipment for use on the premises
  • Visitor attractions, entertainment businesses and venues may open but early closure (11pm) applies to the following:
    • casinos
    • theatres
    • museums
    • bowling alleys
    • adult gaming centres and amusement arcades
    • funfairs, theme parks and adventure parks and activities
    • bingo halls
    • cinemas, theatres, concert halls and sports stadia
  • Cinemas, theatres, concert halls and sports stadia can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances and events that start before 10pm
  • Tour groups must operate in line with social contact rules. This means that larger tours where different households or support bubbles (or groups of more than 6 if outdoors) interact will not be feasible
  • Accommodation, such as hotels, holiday lets and guesthouses, may open but businesses must take reasonable steps to ensure that social contact rules are followed within their venues
  • theatres, concert halls, music venues and sports stadia are open, but capacity will be restricted to whichever is lower: 50% capacity or 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
  • conference centres and exhibition halls are open. Business events are permitted, but capacity should be restricted to whichever is lower: 50% capacity of 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoor

Essential and non-essential retail 

  • essential and non-essential retail, including indoor and outdoor markets and car boot sales can remain open during all tier restrictions

Leisure and sporting facilities 

  • certain leisure and sporting facilities such as gyms, sports courts and facilities, leisure centres, fitness and dance studios, golf courses, swimming pools, riding centres, outdoor playgrounds can remain open during all tier restrictions. This is subject to relevant social contact rules in each tier

Personal care and close contact services 

  • services such as hairdressers and barbers, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, nail salons, spas and beauty services, massage parlours and tanning salons can remain open in within all tier-based restrictions


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