A number of businesses across Hull have been ordered to close to try to combat the spread of coronavirus.
From Saturday 21 March, the Government ordered the closure of food and drink venues for consumption on-site, including restaurants and cafes, with the exception of takeaway and delivery services.
Drinking establishments including pubs, bars and nightclubs have also closed, unless they offer a takeaway option.
Entertainment venues, including cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bingo halls, museums, galleries, spas, massage parlours, casinos, betting shops, all indoor leisure and sports facilities and gyms are also closed in line with the new regulations.
These businesses have been ordered to close as they involve prolonged close social contact, which increases the chances of infection spreading. Businesses falling under these regulations cannot provide social spaces for people to eat or drink together either inside or in outside spaces, including the pavement.
Hospitals, schools, care homes, homeless services and military canteens are exempt from these measures, but users should continue to follow public health guidelines.
Any business in contravention of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, business closures) Regulations 2020 will be committing an offence, with officers from Hull City Council enforcing these regulations with immediate effect.
Those with concerns about the operation of a businesses should email Hull City Council on foodandhealth&[email protected]
Restaurants and cafes that are registered as food operators are permitted to stay open and offer menu items to be collected for delivery. However, this does not apply to businesses registered to operate from their own homes such as cake bakers, who can only continue to offer the food that they were originally registered to provide.