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From 19 July, all businesses and venues, including nightclubs, are allowed to be open and there are no longer capacity limits at sporting, entertainment, or business events.

Hospitality venues such as pubs, restaurants and bars are no longer required to provide table service or follow other social distancing rules.

You can find the latest information on coronavirus guidance for businesses on the government website.

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Coronavirus safety steps for businesses

We have expanded our environmental health and trading standards team to include dedicated coronavirus liaison officers. They monitor the coronavirus safety measures for local businesses and respond to possible breaches of coronavirus safety rules.

We have also introduced a team of covid business compliance officers. They visit around 30-40 businesses around Portsmouth each day, to look at the safety measures in place and flag any potential issues.

Our business support team is also working closely with businesses to help direct them to all the latest coronavirus information and advice. To find out more about the business support team:

You can also sign up to receive all the latest business news via our weekly business bulletin.

NHS COVID Pass

Organisations in higher risk settings, such as large crowded settings, are encouraged to use the NHS COVID Pass as a condition of entry.

The NHS COVID Pass will show your vaccinations and any coronavirus test results. You can access you NHS COVID Pass through the NHS Covid-19 app, NHS.UK, or as a letter that can be requested by ringing NHS 119.

There are some settings where the NHS COVID Pass should not be used as a condition of entry, in order to allow access for all. This includes essential services and essential retailers which have been able to stay open throughout the pandemic.

Face coverings

Face coverings are no longer a legal requirement in public spaces like shops and supermarkets. However, the government expects and recommends that people continue to wear face coverings in crowded areas.

How we're working with businesses

Our environmental health and trading standards includes dedicated coronavirus liaison officers. They will continue to monitor the coronavirus safety guidance for businesses in Portsmouth.

A team of covid community engagement officers will continue to support and visit businesses in the city. They will be able offer advice and answer questions on sensible safety measures businesses like shops, hairdressers, bars and cafes, can take to protect their staff and customers from the spread of coronavirus.

Our business support team is also working closely with businesses to help direct them to all the latest coronavirus information and advice. To find out more about the business support team:

You can also find lots of information about grants online and sign up to receive all the latest business news via our weekly business bulletin.

If you're worried a business isn't operating safely

The majority of businesses in Portsmouth are operating with sensible safety measures in place and are committed to protecting the health of staff and customers.

If a business is not taking proper steps to reduce the risks of coronavirus to staff and customers, our team will try to support the business to quickly make changes to their operations. We are no longer able to take enforcement action against a breach of coronavirus rules as legal coronavirus restrictions have been lifted.

If you’re concerned that a business is operating unsafely, you can let us know using our online form.

If you're worried that your workplace might be unsafe

If you have concerns that your employer is not following sensible safety measures to protect staff, you can contact the Health and Safety Executive. They will be able to investigate if you feel there is an issue.