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COVID-19 Licensing issues: Coronavirus Act 2020 now in force and further updates to the Businesses and premises closures guidance (26 March) Published Date: 26/03/2020

Coronavirus Act 2020 is now in force.

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COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization on 11 March. DHSC has a clear plan for a phased response, guided by clinical and scientific advice, as set out in the coronavirus action plan. 

Updates to the Businesses and premises closures guidance updated (26 March)

This document supports the government’s guidance on staying at home. It provides full guidance on the government’s announcement made on 23 March 2020 and the list of businesses and premises expected to close.

View guidance (version from 26 March)

Updates to the document so far:

  • 26 March 2020 - Guidance amended to reflect the updated regulations.
  • 26 March 2020- Updated guidance.
  • 25 March 2020 - Added guidance on work carried out in people’s homes and additional details to the list of businesses and premises that must remain closed.
  • 23 March 2020 - First published.