Businesses - COVID Guidance

We are committed to supporting local businesses with helpful and up to date information and in partnership with Visit Lincs Coast Destination BID.

**UPDATED Monday 12 April, 2021**

Step 2 on the Government's Covid-19 Roadmap is now in place. This means further business settings are permitted to open. This includes:non-essential retail, personal care facilities and close contact services, indoor sports and leisure facilities, outdoor attractions, and public buildings, such as community halls and centres, and libraries.

Unless a specific exemption exists, these must only be attended/used in line with the wider social contact limits at this stage - as a single household or bubble indoors; or in a group of 6 people or 2 households outdoors.

For more information on businesses re-opening, please visit:

Food Businesses

Hospitality Businesses

Step 2 on the Government's Road Map towards easing Covid-19 restrictions will take place no earlier than 12th April and is the first step in the road map to re-open a significant number of businesses, including outdoor hospitality venues. Icon for pdf To help business prepare for this date we have produced a helpful guidance document. [166.01KB]

Restaurants, Pubs, Bars, Takeaway - keeping workers and customers safe

Hotels and other Guest Accommodation - detailed advice

Industry leaders UK Hospitality have a range of advice and information available on their website. They have also published comprehensive Icon for pdf advice for hospitality businesses on how to be Covid-19 secure [1.21MB] which includes example risk assessments and sector specific guidance.

Close Contact Services

Government have instructed these close contact services will close from January 4, 2021, including hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers.

These venues may continue to sell retail goods (such as shampoo or beauty products) online or via click-and-collect.

Those who provide personal care services from a mobile setting including their own home, in other people's homes and in retail environments (such as a concession in a larger, separate business) must also stop operating.

Alcohol Sales Advice

Off Licence premises are classed as essential and will therefore remain open.

Drinking Water and Water Quality

Drinking Water advice

Preventing the risk of Legionella during re-opening: Icon for pdf Safe Water Advice [1.24MB] Icon for pdf Legionella - advice on minimising the risk during COVID19 lockdown [111.03KB]

Animal related businesses

Advice from the Canine and Feline Sector Group here

Dog Groomers -  are able to remain open for the purposes of dog welfare during the current lockdown.
Businesses must ensure they have a robust, covid secure risk assessment in place to ensure socially distanced drop off and collection.
Icon for pdf Walking someone else's dog CFSG [320.12KB] guidance from the Canine and Feline Sector Group 

Riding Establishments

Riding Centres must close.

Taxi and Private Hire Operators

An update for all Taxi and Private Hire Operators 

Playgrounds and Outdoor Gyms

The latest guidance and advice for safely managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms.

Swimming Pool Operators

Government have instructed indoor and outdoor swimming pools to close from January 4, 2021.

Organised outdoor sport for disabled people is allowed to continue.

A Toolkit for Businesses Reopening
(Government links)

Shopping Safely

If you are visiting business premises, it's important to follow the guidelines they have in place to ensure you stay safe, here are some of the ways shopping will be different

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Business Support is one of the four key values championed by Lincs Coast Destination BID and have a number of resources available for local businesses to help and support in reopening and keeping staff and customers safe.

If you would like any of these resources for your business, please email

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Pavement Licenses

The Business and Planning Act 2020 has been enacted by the Government in an attempt to restart the British economy due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The Act has introduced a range of new measures to help businesses to quickly adjust and adapt to the 'new normal'. The Act has introduced a new Pavement Cafe Licensing regime.

If a pub, bar, restaurant or cafe would like to have seating for customers outside of their property and on a public highway then they must have a licence to do so. A public highway includes roads, pavements and verges.

How to Apply

This Council has delegated this new licensing function to Lincolnshire County Council. With this in mind anybody wishing to apply for a Pavement Cafe Licence is directed to Lincolnshire County Council