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Covid-19. SODC advice for businesses

Covid-19 advice, guidance and support for businesses of all kinds . There is information big and small, from community shops and cafes to small businesses people run from their own homes.

Advice for businesses on new regulations

We are working with other local authorities to help local businesses get up to speed with the new regulations brought in recently to help curb the pandemic.


We’re helping businesses understand their responsibilities around the new “rule of six” regulations, including:

*   food and drink businesses cannot take bookings for a table of more than six people (there are exceptions to this for example where the group is all from one household)
*   they must not allow groups of more than six into their premises, except where one of the exceptions applies
*   they must not allow people to mingle between groups where this would make a group larger than six.

Restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars, social clubs and other similar businesses must now be closed (i.e. no customers on the premises) between 10pm and 5am. There are also new rules on gathering data as part of Test and Trace and we’re encouraging all businesses to use and promote the NHS Test and Trace app – more on that later in the update.

There are more details including information on the exceptions to the rules on the councils’ licensing page on our websites (South<http://www.southoxon.gov.uk/business/licensing/covid-19-licensing-advice-alcohol-entertainment-gambling-and-events> / Vale<http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/business/licensing/covid-19-licensing-advice-alcohol-entertainment-gambling-and-events>)