Further English COVID-19 amendment regulations

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From 13 July 2020, the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (the Amendment Regulations) come into effect. The Amendment Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.2) (England) Regulations 2020 (the Coronavirus Restrictions Regulations), which now provide the core legislative basis for the remaining aspects of the lockdown in England. In this post, we consider the effects of the Amendment Regulations on businesses operating in England.

The amendments

The Amendment Regulations make a number of changes to Schedule 2 to the Coronavirus Restrictions Regulations. Schedule 2 lists the businesses and premises that must remain closed while the Coronavirus Restrictions Regulations remain in force. As a result of the changes, the following types of business may open from 13 July 2020:

  • nail bars and salons
  • tanning booths and salons
  • spas, and beauty salons
  • massage parlours
  • tattoo parlours
  • body and skin piercing services

In this context, the government has published supporting guidance to advise against the most high-risk close-contact activities taking place at these venues. The Amendment Regulations also make changes so that outdoor swimming pools and waterparks (excluding indoor facilities at water parks) are able to open. Indoor swimming pools, including indoor swimming pools at spas, and indoor facilities at water parks, such as fountains, are required to remain closed.

Offences and penalties

As before, breaching the requirements of the remaining provisions of the Coronavirus Restrictions Regulations is a criminal offence that can be punished with a fine. Businesses must therefore ensure that they remain up to date on the coronavirus legislative regime.

Conclusion

We’re supporting businesses and public sector bodies affected by the new emergency measures enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please get in touch with Paul Stone or Paul Hardy, or your usual DLA Piper contact, for more help and advice.