COVID-19 update: quarantine and more business premises re-open

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The law affecting individuals are changing on a weekly basis. There have been two changes over the last week.


You may recall we explained the new law relating to quarantining/self-isolation that came into force on 8th June here.

From 10 July passengers arriving in England from certain countries were exempt from this requirement.

From 4am on Saturday 15 August 2020 the government has re-imposed the self-isolation requirement on passengers arriving from Aruba, France, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands or Turks and Caicos Islands.

Some categories of person remain exempt from self-isolation and completing Passenger Location forms. Some categories are exempt from self-isolation but must still complete the form.

It should be noted that changes to these laws can occur at very short notice under emergency provisions. Therefore, any person contemplating holidays or other travel abroad must be aware of the risk of the law changing when they are away, potentially meaning 14 days’ isolation on their return.

Source: the Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel)(England)(Amendment)(No 8) Regulations

More business premises re-open

As the gradual relaxation of the opening of businesses continues the following can now re-open to admit the public: casinos, indoor skating rinks, indoor play areas, bowling alleys and conference centres and exhibition halls.

This amends this area of the law for the third time. This came into force from 00.01 hours on 15 August 2020.

On July 11 and 13 earlier changes allowed the reopening of outdoor swimming pools and outdoor water parks; nail bars and salons, tanning booths and salons, spas and beauty salons, massage parlours, tattoo parlours, and body and skin piercing services. A further amendment made on 25 July enabled the reopening of indoor swimming pools, including indoor facilities at water parks; indoor fitness and dance studios; and indoor gyms and sports courts and facilities.

Source: the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.2) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020)

We Can Help You

We will continue to keep you updated in this ever-changing landscape.

Please contact Tim Ridyard on 07484 924834 or email for individual advice for your business.

Alternatively, if you or your business require advice or need assistance for any regulatory or road transport matters, please get in touch with our specialist Regulatory and Road Transport team through this website or by calling 0330 404 0778.

For all of our COVID-19 (Coronavirus) advice, please visit

This information is correct at 9.00am on 17 August 2020.


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