Coronavirus and which businesses need to close

In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus and save lives, the Government now requires non-essential businesses and premises including the following sectors to remain closed
  • Food and Drink
  • Retail
  • Hotels
  • Non-residential Institutions
  • Assembly and Leisure
  • Outdoor Recreation

The full list of these businesses as well as a list of exemptions can be found on the guidance for businesses page of the website

All other businesses and venues can remain open but should be following current guidance from Public Health England.

A person operating a business in contravention of the Government’s requirement will be committing an offence. East Herts Council’s Environmental Health with support from Hertfordshire Trading Standards will monitor compliance with this new requirement.

For information about support for business, please go to the Government’s Business Support page on the website.

Food businesses may have many questions about how to safely operate their business or how to convert to a takeaway for the duration of the Coronavirus situation.  

The government website contains lots of useful information.  

If after reading this, you have further questions, please email them to


Diversifying your business

If you are diversifying your business activity during this time, for example; operating a new food delivery service, selling online for the first time or perhaps manufacturing new products, advice is available on the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership website.

If you're looking to donate PPE, information and guidance is available on the Hertfordshire County Council website.

Reporting a business which is still operating

Anyone with concerns about a business operating when they believe it should be closed, or anyone with concerns about how a permitted business is operating, should complete the brief online form below

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