All businesses and venues should follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers.
Restrictions on businesses and venues in very high alert level areas include:
- certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10pm and 5am. Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises, can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-thru. Hospitality venues in ports, on transport services and in motorway service areas do not need to close at 10pm, but must not serve alcohol after that time.
- pubs and bars must close. They can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant - which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal.
- businesses must ensure that they operate in a COVID-secure manner, including restrictions on table service and group bookings.
- certain businesses and venues are required to collect customer, visitor and staff data to support NHS Test and Trace.
- the wearing of face coverings for customers and staff in certain indoor settings.
- businesses must ensure that if their workers are required to self-isolate, they do not work outside their designated place of self-isolation.
- businesses and venues must ensure people do not meet in their premises with people from outside of their household or support bubble.
- businesses and venues that fail to comply with these restrictions may face fines of up to £10,000, prosecution, or in some cases closure.
In addition, the following businesses are not allowed to open in Liverpool City Region:
- betting shops
- adult gaming centres
- indoor gyms
- fitness and dance studios
- sports facilities – with an exemption for:
- organised indoor team sports for disabled people
- U18s activities