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Business Advice during Covid-19

From 2nd December the Government have re-introduced a Tier system with a regionally-differentiated approach, where different tiers of restrictions apply in different parts of the country.

The Tiers are different to the previous system.  Wakefield district has been placed in Tier 3 which will be reviewed every 2 weeks.

A series of FAQ’s can be found here


Tier 3 - Very High alert

In tier 3 the following businesses must close:

  • Hospitality – all hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.
  • Nightclubs, dance halls discotheques any other venue that opens at night and has a dancefloor, sexual entertainment venues, hostess bars
  • Guest Accommodation - accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. 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 play centres and areas, including trampolining parks and soft play
  • casinos
  • bingo halls
  • bowling alleys
  • skating rinks
  • amusement arcades and adult gaming centres
  • laser quests and escape rooms
  • cinemas, theatres and concert halls
  • snooker halls
  • Indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues - This includes indoor attractions within:
  • zoos, safari parks, and wildlife reserves
  • aquariums, visitor attractions at farms, and other animal attractions
  • model villages
  • museums, galleries and sculpture parks
  • botanical gardens, biomes or greenhouses
  • theme parks, circuses, fairgrounds and funfairs
  • visitor attractions at film studios, heritage sites such as castles and stately homes
  • landmarks including observation decks and viewing platforms


In tier 3 the following businesses may open:

  • Retail – Both essential and non-essential
    • Supermarkets, food shops, off-licences, petrol stations and pharmacies garden centres and bike shops
    • Indoor and Outdoor markets, car boot sales
    • Medical services can continue, including dentist and optician appointments
  • Leisure and Sports facilities including gyms
    • 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 can open but are subject to relevant social contact rules in each tier.
    • outdoor tourism and entertainment venues can remain open subject to following the relevant rules and guidelines
    • outdoor cinemas, theatres and concert venues can remain open for drive-in only, but must close at 11pm, other than for the purposes of concluding a performance which began before 10pm
    • outdoor events, such as funfairs can continue to happen in line with COVID-secure guidance – other than large outdoor performance events (performances, shows and screenings), which must be drive-in only
    • leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead
  • Close Contact/Personal Care
    • Hairdressers, barbers, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, nail salons, spas and beauty services, massage parlours and tanning salons

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