Businesses that have to shut in tier four areas including Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant

Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant have been plunged into tier four coronavirus restrictions.

Sunday, 20th December 2020, 11:43 am

The move was announced by the Prime Minister on Saturday, the same day that the three areas had been put into tier three.

It means that no mixing will be allowed at Christmas in the tier four areas.

The new rules came into force in Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant at 12.01am on Sunday.

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As a result a number of business across the city as well as in Gosport and Havant will have to shut.

Here is what the rules say:

Businesses and venues which must close in Tier Four

To reduce social contact, the regulations require some businesses to close and impose restrictions on how some businesses provide goods and services. These include:

- non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls selling non-essential goods - these venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services

- hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery

- accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where the person cannot return home, for homeless people, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes

- leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and indoor gyms, indoor swimming pools, indoor tennis and basketball courts, indoor fitness and dance studios, indoor climbing walls

- entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, 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), circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks and theme parks

- indoor attractions at botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open

- personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. It is also prohibited to provide these services in other people’s homes

0 community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities, as set out below. Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services - for example for people who do not have it at home - and for click-and-collect services

These businesses and places will also be permitted to be open for a small number of exempt activities, including:

- education and training - for schools to use sports, leisure and community facilities where that is part of their normal provision

- childcare purposes and supervised activities for children

- hosting blood donation sessions and food banks

- to provide medical treatment

- for elite sports persons to train and compete (in indoor and outdoor sports facilities), and professional dancers and choreographers to work (in fitness and dance studios)

- for training and rehearsal without an audience (in theatres and concert halls)

- for the purposes of professional film and TV filming

Which business can remain open?

Other businesses and venues are permitted to stay open, following COVID-19 Secure guidelines. This includes those providing essential goods and services, including:

- essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres and Christmas tree retailers, building merchants and suppliers of building products and off-licences

- market stalls selling essential retail may also stay open

- businesses providing repair services may also stay open, where they primarily offer repair services

- petrol stations, automatic (but not manual) car washes, vehicle repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, and 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 (may continue to be used for animal welfare, rather than aesthetic purposes)

- agricultural supplies shops

- mobility and disability support shops

- storage and distribution facilities

- car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas

- outdoor playgrounds

- outdoor gym, pools, sports courts and facilities

- golf courses

- archery/driving/shooting ranges (outdoors)

- outdoor riding centres

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