BCC update – reopening and travel (for England)

Dear Colleagues,

Following on from our summary of the Chancellor’s statement on Wednesday, I wanted to send a further update on yesterday’s announcement about reopening and today’s changes to England’s travel quarantine. Unless indicated otherwise, these are applicable in England only and will not apply to areas subject to a local lockdown.

Reopening in England

Last night, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden MP announced three phases of reopening for some, but not all, English businesses.

Phase one – 11 July

Phase one of the reopening relates to a relatively small section of the leisure sector: open air swimming pools. Review the guidance for operators, including:


limiting the number of people within the facility and pool itself, perhaps by using a mandatory online booking system;
managing how people move through the facility;
enhanced cleaning; and
encouragement to shower and change at home, wherever possible (staff and customers).


A number of other leisure facilities may be reopened from the 25 July (see below).

In addition, from the 11 July some open air cultural performances can take place, including gigs, festivals and concerts, but only where they have a ‘limited and socially distanced audience’.

Phase two – 13 July

Phase two of the reopening relates to some, but not all, of the remaining ‘close contact’ facilities – including beauty services, (clothes) tailoring and sports and massage therapists.

This is different to other sectors, as the requirement for reopening is based on the type of service rather than the type of business. For example, a salon that offers one permitted and one forbidden service can open, but only deliver the permitted service. Forbidden services are those which require close proximity to the face. There is no exhaustive list, but some of the forbidden services include:

face waxing;
eyebrow threading;
eyelash treatments; and
some (‘intricate’) beard services.

Review the guidance on close contact working. This is similar to guidance issued for those close contact services already reopened eg. hair salons using face shields, social distancing etc.

Phase three – 25 July

Phase three will see many indoor fitness facilities reopen, including indoor pools, gyms and fitness and dance studios. Please note that the guidance is the same as above.

Remaining sectors

There are a number of sectors which have not been given a date to open (in addition to the beauty services above) including:

Nightclubs, dance halls, discotheques;
Sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars;
Bowling alleys;
Indoor skating rinks;
Indoor play areas, including soft-play areas; and
Exhibition halls or conference centres which must remain closed for events such as exhibitions or conferences, other than for those who work for the business or organisation who run the venue.

Please note that, whilst theatres can technically open, indoor plays, concert gigs etc. cannot be held until further notice – although there are some pilots going ahead this weekend to test how this might work. Beyond that, we have not been given a timetable for when decisions on further reopening might be taken. The BCC team will continue to push for that clarity as far as possible.

Travel quarantine – England

In England, the quarantine rules for incoming passengers from around 70 countries/overseas territories have been suspended, although there may be reciprocal requirements still in place for those travelling abroad. Review the list of countries with these (potentially one-way only) ‘travel corridors’, with the most obvious omissions being the USA and Canada. Be careful about stopovers and review the guidance.

If you have any questions on the details of this or specific issues you’d like us to consider or raise, please email the BCC policy inbox in the first instance. We are particularly interested in hearing about businesses who are not sure if they can open or not, areas where the guidance is unclear, or where the guidance and restrictions make it difficult for a business to make a profitable return.