Southwark council knows that the majority of businesses in the borough have already taken enormous steps to operate in a safe and secure way during this pandemic. However, COVID-19 remains a threat and the number of cases in Southwark is once again going up quickly.

The government has instructed London to move to Level-2, ‘High’ COVID alert and so Southwark Council wanted to explain the most important changes that you must make to the way you run your business.

These will help keep you and your customers safe as we try to prevent further local lockdown measures. It is important to remember that these measures are compulsory and council staff are checking and enforcing the regulations every day. Failure to comply can result in a significant fine of up to £10,000 for repeat breaches.

You can find all our COVID19 Business Advice online at:

Key new measures include:

  • Households will no longer be able to mix socially in any indoor setting, including hospitality venues. This means that the rule of six is no longer enough in pubs, cafes, restaurants etc. Customers must now also stay within their household groups or support bubble inside the premises.
  • Indoor exercise classes and indoor organised sport will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with, or for youth or disability sport.
  • Employees should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.
  • Where possible employers should encourage staff to work at home.