What do the new COVID19 measures mean for Black Country businesses?

Additional measures announced by PM Boris Johnson to tackle COVID19 [22.09.2020]

The Government recently announced that new measures were to be put in place across the UK to combat the rising rate of Coronavirus.

If you own or manage a Black Country based business, you should be aware of the new measures and ensure your organisation follows them to avoid any unnecessary fines or penalties.

The full list of new measures are:

  • People who can work from home should do so with immediate effect. If this is not possible, people should continue to attend their covid-secure workplaces.
  • From the 24th September all pubs, bars and restaurants must operate a table service only (except for takeaways). Together with hospitality venues, they must close at 10pm. However, deliveries can continue after this time. You should also be displaying NHS Test and Trace QR code posters within your premises, which can be found here.
  • Face coverings must be worn by staff working in retail settings, people in taxi’s and private hire vehicles. Staff and customers in pubs and restaurants should wear a mask until seated at a table to eat or drink.
  • Fines for not wearing a face covering where required will now be doubled to £200 for the first offence unless the person is exempt due to medical reasons.
  • From Monday 28th September, a maximum of 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions. Funerals remain unchanged.
  • The rule of six will be extended to adult indoor team sports.

If you own or manage a pub, bar or restaurant you should also be limiting your bookings to 6 people and ensure there is sufficient space between tables. It is now mandatory for a wide range of organisations including hospitality, close contact services and leisure venues to collect customer, visitor and staff contact details. This is vital for the NHS Test and Trace service to contact those necessary is a Coronavirus outbreak is identified.

These rules are to be enforced by your Local Authority who have the power to issue fines of up to £1,000 for venues that are failing to comply or the police as a last resort. Fines will rise to up to £4,000 for repeat offenders.

There are currently local lockdowns in place in Sandwell and Wolverhampton, you can find more information on the restrictions in place by clicking here.


If you are unsure of any of these rules or would like to know more about current support programmes for your business, please do get in touch with our dedicated business support team. You can call us on 0300 770 2245, email enquiries@bcgrowthhub.com or click here to fill out an easy contact form.