Coronavirus: Trading Standards advice for hospitality industry this Easter

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards is reminding owners of guest houses, campsites and restaurants to remain closed this Easter to help combat coronavirus.

On March 23 the Government ordered hospitality businesses to close and said that people should stay at home and only essential travel is permitted.

With very few exceptions all hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels, holiday rentals, campsites and boarding houses should be closed for commercial use until further notice.

Additionally, all restaurants, public houses, wine bars, cafes, canteens and other food and drink establishments must also close unless they are providing food for takeaway or delivery only.

Holidaymakers are also reminded that visiting the West Country for leisure is not regarded as essential travel and they risk receiving a fine from the Police.

Businesses from all sectors can contact the Growth Hub for advice, including:

• Guidance for Employers and Businesses
• Business Interruption Loans
• Possible grants for retail, hospitality and leisure sector
• Job Retention Scheme
• Business Rate holidays
• Details of the latest COVID -19 Scams
• Business Diversification
If you are unsure if the rules apply to your business, please check the Gov.uk website for guidance notes.

If you think a business is open illegally, please report the matter by email to – tradingstandards@devon.gov.uk

Business advice and support can be found by contacting the Heart of the South West Growth Hub.

Government guidance on business closures and other information for businesses can be found here.

Additional guidance is available on the government’s website.
Essential Travel Advice can also be found on the government’s website.