Information for businesses

Government poster listing the national coronavirus restrictions in line with the national lockdown from 5 November to 2 December 2020.

Government guidelines for businesses across all sectors have been updated for the period of new national restrictions, until 2 December 2020.

Information is available about the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available.

For information please visit the Government guidance page

If you need any specific health and safety advice, please email:





Business Toolkit

are you ready to reopenHarborough District Council has produced a business toolkit which includes a series of documents to help your business reopen safely. The toolkit includes information about social distancing, queuing, payments, staffing, hygiene, fire safety and more. Please click on the links below to download the business toolkit documents.


Are you ready to reopen?

In line with the Government’s roadmap, reopening non-essential retail is the next step towards restoring people’s livelihoods, restarting the UK’s economy, and ensuring vital public services like the NHS continue to be funded.

In accordance with Government guidelines,  non-essential retail including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets, will be expected to be able to reopen from 15 June if the Government’s five tests are met and they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines.

We are advising businesses in Harborough district to continue to follow the two-metre guidance as far as possible. 

Please find below useful information to help businesses reopen and stay safe across Harborough District. It is the responsibility of businesses to keep up to date with the recent guidance. These links will be reviewed and updated in line with evolving Government advice.


Reopening information and guidance for pubs and restaurants


Tourism toolkit

You can now apply for a free UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to reassure your customers that your business adheres to Government and public health guidance.

The campaign has been designed to support tourism recovery as businesses get ready and begin to reopen, reassure visitors, build consumer confidence and encourage them to visit responsibly. 

Guidance for people who work in hotels and guest accommodation, indoor and outdoor attractions, and business events and consumer shows.


Food related guidance

Whether registered or not all food produced, stored or distributed outside of a family setting must be done so in accordance with food hygiene legislation and safe to eat. Further advice and guidance on food hygiene can be obtained from:


You can visit the LLEP Business Gateway website for information and to get in touch with a business adviser.

Please check the GOV.UK page for more information and updates. This information is accurate as of 6 July 2020.