On 26 March the government put in place a range of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and save lives. Many businesses and premises had to close. A number of these restrictions have since been eased and the table below outlines the current position.
All persons responsible for work carried out in premises must take reasonable measures to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus in workplaces and premises open to the public, including taking all reasonable measures to ensure 2 metres distance is kept between persons on premises, other than members of the same household or extended household and any carers of those people.
Wherever businesses or premises are required to be closed, individual premises may be opened at the request of a Welsh Minister or a local authority for any purpose. However, individual businesses cannot apply for an exception to continue trading.
Businesses and premises that must remain closed
|Business, premises or place||Exceptions|
|Community centres, youth centres and similar||
These are allowed to open for activities allowable in the Regulations and to provide public services without having to seek approval from local authorities.
|Theatres||Performances/sessions may be broadcast without an audience, whether over the internet or as part of a radio or television broadcast. It is recommended that Public Health Wales guidelines are followed to ensure the safety of staff taking part.|
|Concert halls and other live music venues||
Performances/sessions may be broadcast without an audience, whether over the internet or as part of a radio or television broadcast. It is recommended that Public Health Wales guidelines are followed to ensure the safety of staff taking part.
|Nightclubs and other dance venues||
Nightclubs are considered to be “venues where live or recorded music is provided for members of the public or members of the venue to dance”. Any nightclub that did not meet this definition would be allowed to open.
|Strip clubs, lap dancing or other sexual entertainment venues|
Work carried out in people’s homes
Work carried out in people’s homes, for example by tradespeople carrying out repairs and maintenance, can continue, provided that the person carrying out the work is well and has no symptoms.
The person responsible for work which is being carried out in another person’s home must take reasonable measures to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus. Please see the reasonable measures guidance for more information.
Read guidance for working in other people’s homes can be seen here.
No work should be carried out by a tradesperson who has coronavirus symptoms, however mild.
Everyone must comply with the restrictions and requirements set out in the Regulations. There is separate guidance on reasonable measures to be taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus which persons responsible for work must have regard to.
The requirements to close relevant businesses are set out in Regulations 7-11 of and Schedules 1-3 to the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 2) (Wales) Regulations 2020. A business operating in contravention of these Regulations will be committing an offence, which may attract a fine which is not limited on the statutory scales.
Environmental Health and Trading Standards officers will monitor compliance with these regulations, with police support provided if appropriate. Businesses and premises that breach them will be subject to prohibition notices, and potentially unlimited fines.