The Prime Minister had previously confirmed that stricter measures will be enforced if the public were unable to adhere to social distancing.

Tonight, Boris Johnson has confirmed that new restrictions are now in place in a national effort to slow down the spread of Covid-19.

The Prime Minister confirmed that you must stay at home unless you are shopping for necessities and essentials, to carry out one form of exercise per day, for medical reasons, or to travel to work only when necessary.

The measures also include the closures of additional businesses, including stores selling non-essential items, all social events being cancelled, and to stop all gatherings of more than two people (unless from the same household).

But what does this mean for your business?

If you own a restaurant, bar, leisure facility or other social venue, you will already have been impacted following the Government's announcement on Friday.

However, the same measures now include all stores offering non-essential products or services. Therefore, if you own or run a business that would fall into this category, you must close and cease trading to the public.

The Prime Minister has, however, confirmed that this does not include online businesses. Therefore, businesses selling non-essential goods via the internet will still be able to continue to trade.

What is not clear following the Prime Minister's announcement, is what will be considered "necessary" or "essential" for those travelling to and from work and who are unable to work from home. It is expected that this will be clarified in due course and there needs to be clear guidance on this point.

One thing that is clear is the Government's message to "stay at home", confirming that this is the only way to slow the spread of Covid-19.

If you are unsure of what the new restrictions mean for your business, or need support and guidance on the effects this may have on your business, please visit our Covid-19 support page, or contact a member of our team.