Warning signCoronavirus (COVID-19): The Forum in Hemel Hempstead and civic offices in Tring and Berkhamsted are now closed to the public. Our online services remain available and we urge customers to use this facility. If your enquiry cannot be answered via our website, please email customer.services@dacorum.gov.uk or call 01442 228000. Please only contact us for essential/urgent enquiries. For council service updates and other advice, please see our COVID-19 page×

Coronavirus (COVID-19) mandatory closure of businesses

Non-essential businesses and premises must now shut. The following businesses and premises must remain closed:

Mandatory business closures for covid-19
Business, premises or place  Exceptions 
Restaurants, including restaurants and dining rooms in hotels or members' clubs

Food delivery and takeaway can remain operational. Cafés or canteens at hospitals, care homes or schools, prison and military canteens, services providing food or drink to the homeless.

Public houses  
Bars and nightclubs, including bars in hotels and members' clubs  
Hair, beauty and nail salons, including piercing and tattoo parlours
Massage parlours
All retail with notable exceptions Supermarkets and other food shops, health shops, pharmacies including non-dispensing pharmacies, petrol stations, bicycle shops, home and hardware shops, laundrettes and dry cleaners, bicycle shops, garages, car rentals, pet shops, corner shops, newsagents, post offices, and banks.
Outdoor and indoor markets Market stalls which offer essential retail, such as grocery and food.
Auction houses  
Car showrooms  
Hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites and boarding houses for commercial use Where people live in these as interim abodes whilst their primary residence is unavailable they may continue to do so. Key workers can continue to stay in hotels or similar where required.
Caravan parks/sites for commercial uses
Where people live permanently in caravan parks or are staying in caravan parks as interim abodes where their primary residence is not available, they may continue to do so.
Non-residential institutions
Community centres, youth centres and similar 

Facilities may remain open for the purpose of hosting essential voluntary or public services, such as food banks or homeless services. We will do everything to support vulnerable people who are without a network of friends and families.

Places of worship for services

Funerals following the social distancing guidance - places of worship should remain open for solitary prayer. Live streaming of a service without audience would be permissible.

Cinemas, theatres and concert halls

Live streaming of a performance by a small group could be permissible with social distancing observed.

Assembly and leisure
Museums and galleries   
Bingo halls, casinos and betting shops      
Skating rinks  
Fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools or other indoor leisure centres  
Arcades, bowling alleys, soft play centres and similar
Outdoor recreation
Enclosed spaces in parks, including playgrounds, sports courts and pitches, and outdoor gyms or similar  

These premises and other venues must close as they involve prolonged close social contact, which increases the chances of infection spreading.

Everyone is instructed to comply with the rules issued by the Government in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19), in order to protect both themselves and others.

A business operating in contravention of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closures) Regulations 2020 will be committing an offence.

Environmental Health and Trading Standards officers will monitor compliance with these regulations, with police support provided if appropriate. Businesses and premises that breach them will be subject to prohibition notices, and potentially unlimited fines.

This guidance will be updated regularly as the situation develops. For information about support for business, please go to the Government’s Business Support page.

Please note: food businesses wishing to trade as a takeaway / delivery service only should contact Environmental Health for advice (ecp@dacorum.gov.uk; 01442 228455). An area adjacent to the premise of the business where seating is made available for customers of the business (whether or not by the business), cannot be used to consume food or drink.

Businesses continuing to trade

Businesses that are not required to close and can continue to trade should be following Public Health England guidance on social distancing and social distancing in food settings.