Tier 3 restrictions (From 2 December)

Local restriction tiers: what you need to know

Guidance for people who work in or run restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes or takeaways

In all tiers, the following businesses and venues can remain open:

  • essential and non-essential retail, including indoor and outdoor markets and car boot sales

  • certain leisure and sporting facilities such as gyms, sports courts and facilities, leisure centres, fitness and dance studios, golf courses, swimming pools, riding centres, outdoor playgrounds – subject to relevant social contact rules in each tier. Indoor group activities and classes should not take place at Tier 3

  • personal care and close contact services such as hairdressers and barbers, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, nail salons, spas and beauty services, massage parlours and tanning salons

  • public buildings, such as libraries, community centres and halls. They should not host events for private hire, such as birthday parties or most other social activities in Tier 3

  • essential public services such as the NHS and medical services, courts, and jobcentre plus sites


In Tier 3, the following businesses and venues must close:

  • hospitality settings, such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.

  • accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training.

  • indoor entertainment and tourist venues.

  • indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues.

  • Saunas and steam rooms.

Financial support available for businesses

A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants.

Use the Government's business financial support tool to see what support is available for you and your business.

This page helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.

Start now: Business support search tool

Retail Assurance Scheme

Newark and Sherwood District Council have set up a Retail Assurance Scheme with local independent businesses to help reassure shoppers that each business is operating safely. 

As part of the scheme, any local retailer offering a COVID-secure shopping system can chose to display the council’s Retail Assurance Certificate in their shop window. 

These certificates will be distributed to retailers meeting the COVID-secure criteria in Newark, Southwell, Edwinstowe and Ollerton by District Council officers and parish clerks. Officers will also be available to offer advice and support to any business.

The criteria for the Retail Assurance Scheme includes:

  • Having hand sanitiser available
  • mask wearing is required, unless a person is exempt
  • thorough cleaning is in place
  • the number of shoppers is limited
  • social distancing guidelines are in place
  • handled stock is quarantined
  • a gov.uk risk assessment has been completed

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