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As businesses start to re-open we encourage residents to Go shop, Go eat, Go safe and Go local. Remember to keep protecting Portsmouth by:

  • Queuing responsibly
  • Not blocking doorways
  • Wearing a face covering in Cascades and inside shops (unless you are exempt)
  • Being kind to others

Non-essential businesses, including retail, personal care, indoor sports and leisure, outdoor areas at hospitality venues, will re-open under Step 2 (12 April 2021).

You can read more about what can re-open and when here.

Support from the council

We are once again working with businesses to support safe re-opening. Some of the practical steps to support the safe re-opening of shops include temporarily removing some parking spaces to create space for social distancing and installing social distancing signage and street markings around main retail areas.

If you are a business and are unsure of the rules, please get in touch with our business helplineĀ on 023 9284 1641 or emailĀ

Lateral flow testing for businesses

Register before 12 April to order free rapid lateral flow tests to test your employees twice a week in the workplace. Find out more about workplace tests on Gov.UK. here.