• Eamonn Watson


Updated: Oct 13, 2020

Hospitality, leisure venues and other businesses in England are all now legally required to enforce the rule of 6, or face a fine of up to £4,000.

From September 18th it became an offence for a business to fail to adhere to the rule of 6 when taking a booking, or allowing entry to a group of more than 6 people, with the only exception being if you are all from the same household or support bubble. ( see 2.11 here for the definition)

Once groups are within the premises, businesses also risk offending if they fail to advise groups not to merge in ways that breach the rules is also an offence.

Businesses will also need to ensure adequate distance between tables (2m or 1m+) and prevent customers from dancing.

Local Authorities, have the power to issue fines of up to £1,000 for venues that are failing to comply, as well as the police


Fines will rise to up to £4,000 for repeat offenders.

Businesses will be expected to make sure their customers are aware of the rules by displaying posters and signs and speaking to customers directly.

From 22nd September in Lancashire,( excepting Blackpool), Warrington, Merseyside, parts of the Midlands and West Yorkshire

· Hospitality for food & drink is restricted to table service only

· Restaurants, pubs and cinemas must close between 10pm and 5am

These measures apply nationally from September 24th

Additionally all staff and customers must wear a facemask in indoor hospitality venues when not seated at a table to eat or drink

The penalty for failing to wear a mask or breaking the rule of six doubles to £200 for a first offence for members of the public, from September 24th.

From Thursday 24 September relevant venues MUST register for an official NHS QR code and also display official NHS QR code posters under law ahead of the NHS COVID-19 app being rolled out nationally next week.

Here's how to get your bespoke QR code

Venues, are legally required to log details of customers, visitors and staff for NHS Test and Trace

Do fines, track and trace and poster laws apply to me?

Services included in the new legal requirements are:

  • hospitality, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés

  • tourism and leisure, including gyms, swimming pools, hotels, museums, cinemas, zoos and theme parks 

  • close contact services, including hairdressers *facilities provided by local authorities, including town halls and civic centres (for events), libraries and children’s centres 

The following information should be collected by the venue for those people that have not checked-in using the QR poster

  • Name of the ‘lead member’ of the group

  • Contact phone number for the lead member of a group

  • Number of people in the group

  • Date of visit and arrival and, where possible, departure time

If a customer will interact with only one member of staff (for example a hairdresser), the name of the assigned staff member should be recorded alongside the name of the customer.  

No additional data should be collected for this purpose

  • Venues will be required to collect the names of staff who work at the premises.

  • A contact phone number for each member of staff and the dates and times that staff are at work

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