coronavirus update

Latest Covid-19 Update For Businesses

Remember: Covid-secure guidelines become law

In retail, leisure, tourism and other sectors, the government’s COVID-19 secure guidelines will become legal obligations.

New legal requirement to display QR code posters for NHS test and trace app from 24 September

From Thursday 24 September, businesses and venues that are already required to collect visitor details for test and trace must also by law display NHS QR code posters for visitors using the new NHS app.

The posters will display a unique QR code for your premises, so app users can simply scan the poster to ‘check-in’ for test and trace purposes. Non-app users’ details must still be collected through other means (e.g. pen and paper)

Failure to display the posters may result in a fine of £1,000. Businesses can also be fined for failing to request and retain customer details and provide them on request.

If your business collects test and trace data, please click the buttons below to learn more.

Face masks

Mask wearing is compulsory for retail staff, users of taxis and private-hire vehicles (PHVs), and staff and customers in indoor hospitality, except when seated to eat or drink.

10pm closing for the hospitality sector

Hospitality businesses must now close by 10pm, including takeaways (except deliveries

Tighter restrictions on how venues run

Pubs, bars and restaurants must now only offer table service.  Businesses can be fined for not enforcing the ‘rule of 6’ when taking bookings and also once customers are inside the venue.


The maximum number of people allowed to attend wedding ceremonies and receptions will reduce to 15. The maximum attendance for funerals will remain at 30. Adult indoor team sports will be limited to 6 people.

Southwark Council Covid-19 News

New online resources to help your business

Southwark Council have refreshed and simplified their web pages for businesses to provide clearer guidance on operating safely and up to date information about available support. Please visit the pages on COVID-19 prevention for businesses and COVID-19 business support and information for the latest advice for you and your employees.

Business survey

The coronavirus crisis has ushered in a period of unprecedented economic challenges and great uncertainty.

The more knowledge we have, the better able we will be to help and support our local businesses through the difficult times ahead, so please take a few minutes of your time to complete our survey on the impacts of the crisis in Southwark on local businesses.

It should take no longer than 15 minutes and all responses will be anonymised. The survey link is open until Friday 2 October.

Keeping Southwark Safe

Southwark Council is monitoring the COVID-19 infection rates on a daily basis. It is still a threat and we all need to do all we can to prevent the spread of this virus and protect our family, friends and communities.

A high proportion of new cases are for people aged 18–34. We also know that most transmission is still amongst family and friends.

Help prevent the spread of the virus and another lockdown

If you’re visiting family or going out with friends, you must:

  • keep your distance from other people at all times and don’t meet in group bigger than six
  • wear a face covering and on public transport
  • wash your hands regularly

Get tested if you have symptoms

Get a test as soon as possible if you have coronavirus symptoms (a high temperature, a new persistent cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste). You must also self-isolate, as should members of your household and anyone in your support bubble.

Contact Southwark Council

Thank you for continuing to follow guidance through incredibly difficult circumstances and so helping to keep our community safe. For further advice and information email:

Last update: 23rd September 2020

Posted in BID News, Business News, Coronavirus-Covid-19
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