Fylde Council is committed to help your business reopen safely as we work our way down the national roadmap to unlocking our lives and the economy.

We know that it won’t be business as usual and there is still potential for Covid-19 to cause further problems but our shared goal is to help keep the infection rate low.

The full guidance will be released in early April, but we expect all hospitality business to work to the following guidelines:

  • Licensed premises, cafes and restaurants will be permitted to sell food and drink for consumption on the premises, but only in outdoor areas such as beer gardens
  • Any structure with a roof and more than 50% of the sides are made up of walls (of any description) will be considered to be indoors and not suitable for use
  • Premises must operate in a Covid secure manner determined by a suitable Risk Assessment with safe occupancy figures (internal and external) calculated and clearly displayed
  • Where appropriate security or a Covid advisor will be required
  • No more than 2 households may be seated together, or up to 6 persons from more than 2 households
  • Social distancing must be adhered to and staff should also wear a face covering
  • Premises are required to operate on a booking system with no queuing onsite or on the highway
  • During busy periods it is advisable that dining be prioritised, although there is no requirement to serve food alongside alcohol
  • Time limits should be set for each table and communicated to the customer
  • All customer details must be captured either manually or using the venue’s QR code
  • Whether eating or drinking, customers must be served at a table, including the placing of orders, delivery and consumption of food and drink
  • Face coverings must be worn by customers, except when seated to eat or drink
  • It is likely that customers will be permitted to enter the premises, wearing a face covering, to access outdoor areas or use toilet facilities
  • There must be toilet access and a regular, thorough cleaning regime must be in place
  • It is the responsibility of the business to ensure there is adequate litter management resources on the premises
  • We recommend weekly Covid testing of all staff – free testing is available from Fylde Borough Council

SMART testing is a great way to keep your staff and customers safe. It is quick, easy and free. Anyone that has to leave the house to go to work, which includes you and your staff when you reopen, is entitled to a free weekly lateral flow test.

These self-administered (don’t worry – we will show you how) tests are painless and you get the result within half an hour.
Specially targeted at people who do not have Covid-19 symptoms these tests allow us to identify and isolate asymptomatic cases and prevent the spread of the virus.

You and your staff can visit one of our four testing hubs or take advantage of our mobile testing van each week to give everyone peace of mind and keep hospitality open.

Monday: AFC Fylde Education Centre, Mill Farm, Kirkham PR4 3JZ
Tuesday: Mobile testing unit – TBC
Wednesday: St Cuthbert’s Church Hall, Church Road, Lytham FY8 5JN
Thursday: St Anne’s United Reformed Church, St Georges Road, FY8 2AE
Friday: Kirkham Community Centre, Mill Street, Kirkham PR4 2AN

Details on the mobile testing van will be on this page as soon as they are available.

For more information please get in touch with our Health Protection Practitioner, Richard Hurt, on richard.hurt@fylde.gov.uk

Not before April 12th

  • Rule of six or two households outdoors (including private garden)
  • Household only indoors
  • All non-essential retail open
  • Personal care services open
  • Libraries and community centres open
  • Indoor leisure / gyms open
  • Self-contained accommodation open
  • All children’s activities
  • Outdoor hospitality (table service)
  • Indoor parent and child groups (max 15 excluding under 5’s)
  • Domestic overnight stays (household only)
  • No international holidays
  • Funerals maximum 30 people (dependent on venue size)
  • Weddings / wakes / receptions (15)
  • Event pilots (TBC)

Not before May 17th

  • Maximum 30 people outdoors
  • Rule of six or 2 households indoors (subject to review)
  • Indoor hospitality opens (conditions to be announced)
  • Indoor entertainment and attractions
  • Organised indoor sport
  • All outdoor entertainment including performances
  • Indoor events 1000 or 50% capacity (plus pilots)
  • Outdoor seated events 10,000 or 25% capacity (plus pilots)
  • Outdoor non-seated/other events 4000 or 50% capacity (plus pilots)
  • All accommodation open
  • Domestic overnight stays
  • International travel subject to review
  • Most significant life events 30 max

Not before June 21st

  • No legal restrictions / social distancing regulations
  • All businesses open including disco / night club
  • Parties indoors or outdoors with as many people as you like
  • Holidays home and abroad with whoever you want
  • Larger events permitted

To help us to help you during this period, please email hospitalityhelp@fylde.gov.uk to confirm what date you plan to reopen.