Business advice during COVID-19

National Lockdown restrictions changed on Monday 12 April

COVID-19 restrictions in Kirklees tells you more about what this means.

Businesses and venues which may open

All retail.

Personal care settings such as:

  • hairdressers
  • beauty, tanning and nail salons
  • tattoo parlours
  • massage parlours
  • body and skin piercing services.

These services should not be provided in other people's homes.

Public buildings like libraries and community centres.

Hospitality venues for outdoor service, like:

  • beer gardens
  • restaurant and cafe pavements, terraces and gardens
  • social club outdoor areas.

There is no requirement for a substantial meal to be served alongside alcohol.

Customers must eat and drink while seated.

There is no curfew.

Outdoor attractions like:

  • outdoor parts of botanical gardens and heritage sites
  • zoos
  • theme parks
  • drive-in cinemas
  • drive-in performance events.

Leisure and sports facilities such as:

  • leisure centres and gyms
  • swimming pools and spas - although saunas and steam rooms must remain closed
  • sports courts
  • fitness and dance studios
  • riding arenas at riding centres
  • climbing walls.

Self-contained holiday accommodation like:

  • self-catering lets
  • caravans
  • campsites.

These must only be used by members of the same household.

Other businesses and venues

  • businesses that primarily offer repair services
  • petrol stations
  • automatic (but not manual) car washes
  • vehicle repair and MOT services
  • bicycle shops
  • taxi and vehicle hire businesses
  • banks, building societies, post offices, short-term loan providers and money transfer businesses
  • funeral directors
  • laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • medical and dental services
  • vets and pet shops
  • animal rescue centres, boarding facilities, and animal groomers (for animal welfare work only)
  • agricultural supplies shops
  • mobility and disability support shops
  • storage and distribution facilities
  • car parks
  • public toilets
  • motorway service areas
  • outdoor playgrounds
  • places of worship
  • crematoriums and burial grounds

Businesses and venues which must remain closed

Indoor parts of hospitality venues such as:

  • restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and social clubs.

They can provide services in outdoor areas.

They can also provide food and drink (including alcohol) by delivery and can provide takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery.

Saunas and steam rooms

Hotels, hostels and guest houses - except for:

  • where it is someone's main residence
  • where it is reasonably necessary to stay there for work
  • where people cannot return home
  • to provide accommodation or support to the homeless.

Entertainment venues such as:

  • theatres
  • concert halls
  • cinemas
  • casinos
  • amusement arcades
  • bingo halls
  • bowling alleys
  • skating rinks
  • go-karting venues
  • indoor play and soft play centres and areas (including inflatable parks and trampolining centres)
  • indoor attractions at venues such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks.


A closed business can open to:

  • provide education and training - for schools to use sports, leisure and community facilities if that is part of their normal provision
  • provide childcare and supervised activities for children
  • host blood donation sessions and food banks
  • provide medical treatment
  • allow elite sports persons to train and compete (in indoor and outdoor sports facilities)
  • allow professional dancers and choreographers to work (in fitness and dance studios)
  • allow training and rehearsal without an audience (in theatres and concert halls)
  • allow film and TV filming.

Work from home if you can

  • Public sector employees working in essential services, including education settings, should continue to go into work where necessary.
  • If you cannot work from home you should go to work.
  • If it is necessary for to work in other people's homes - for example, nannies, cleaners or tradespeople - you can do (although personal care services like health and beauty are advised not to).


  • Businesses will be fined up to £10k if they don't follow legal COVID guidance.
  • £200 if a business accepts a table booking for more than 6 people.

If you have any concerns or want to report premises to the council please contact:

Signs and stickers for businesses to use

We've prepared these for you to download, to print off or send to a supplier for production.

Floor stickers

Advice and guidance

Working safely

Working safely during Coronavirus

The best way you can support your business is to make sure you follow the latest government advice on social distancing and hygiene, by putting in place measures to protect both staff and customers you can reduce the risk of a local outbreak. Remember that where possible you should put in place measures to keep everyone 2m apart, and provide hand washing or sanitisation facilities, regular cleaning and good signage are also important.

Businesses who are not following social distancing rules may be breaking Health and Safety Law.

Companies that need advice on how to follow the guidelines so they can keep their workforce safe should contact the relevant authority who will be happy to help.

As a last resort, where businesses cannot or will not follow guidance the relevant authority has the power to use Health and Safety Law to require improvement, close premises or restrict areas of work and ultimately prosecute for failure to comply.

Advice about social distancing in workplaces

Businesses which the Health and Safety Executive are responsible for

Workplaces in the manufacturing, educational, construction and agriculture sectors.

These businesses should Contact the Health and Safety Executive

Businesses which Kirklees Council are responsible for

The council is responsible for all other premises and workplaces, including:

  • retail
  • wholesale
  • warehousing and distribution
  • catering premises
  • offices
  • consumer services (for instance beauty, hairdressers, tattooing)
  • leisure and cultural premises
  • religious premises
  • residential care
  • hotels/short stay accommodation (for instance campsites)

All other businesses should contact:

Closing businesses

Kirklees Council and the police have powers to enforce the closure regulations and will be working together to do this. The police and the council can and will:

  • Offer information and guidance for those who approach us before we visit.
  • Issue Prohibition Notices for premises found to be opening when we visit.
  • Issue Fixed Penalty Notices of up to £960 for repeat offenders.
  • Prosecute in appropriate cases with an unlimited fine from the courts available.
Legionella advice

Legionella advice for businesses during and after lockdown

It is important whilst businesses are shutdown during the COVID-19 pandemic that you control the risk of Legionella growth in your water systems.

Noise in outside areas

If you want to make more use of external spaces around your premises (due to internal restrictions) please consider creating a noise management plan, this should include:

  • The days and hours external areas are expected to be used (this is particularly important where residents are close by).
  • Any areas likely to be used by your patrons but not in your control/ownership (e.g. adjacent park/greenspace)
  • Any plans for external recorded music (if permitted) and how this will be controlled/monitored to ensure that is does not cause a nuisance to nearby residents.
  • Plans to monitor/address noise from music/patrons, e.g. patrols (including frequency of these) as well as how noisy patrons will be addressed.

If you want any further advice, or want to discuss your noise management plans, please call the Pollution and Noise Control Team: 01484 414739.

Licensing advice

If you are looking to set up tables and chairs on the pavement or other area outside your business you may need a licence.

If you are licensed premises, you should also contact licensing to see if there are any restrictions on your licence that may prevent you from using outdoor areas or playing music etc.

Please contact the Licensing Team:

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