Richmondshire District Council

New Covid-19 regulations for hospitality

Environmental health officers are working with Richmondshire’s hospitality sector to make sure new covid regulations are in place.

The District Council team is writing to every business urging them not to fall foul of the new laws, which could lead to fines and even closure.

Up until this week much of the covid guidance was only guidance. It is now required by law with hospitality traders (such as bars and cafes) and personal contact businesses (such as hairdressers and nail bars, dress fitters and tailors) tasked to:

Environmental Health and Licensing officers, as well as the police, will issue fixed penalty notices for non-compliance. This could mean fines of £1,000 to £4,000, possible prosecution or the enforced closure of the business. All businesses must also have a risk assessment of how it will operate in a covid secure way. 

“We understand that the majority of businesses have acted and continue to act responsibly but we urge them to help their local community play their part in controlling the spread of Covid-19 by adhering to the new regulations,” said Corporate Director, Callum McKeon.

For more information on guidance contact environmental health on 01748 829100 or email

For businesses needing support or guidance relating to grants, government funding, pavement licences or other ways of managing the impacts of Covid-19, please contact Sue White, Business and Communities Manager, on 01748 901040.

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