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30th May 2020, 21:48

Government publishes updated regulations for restaurants, shops and other businesses

The Government has published updated regulations for restaurants, shops and other businesses in today’s Gazette.

The Civil Contingencies Emergency (Coronavirus) (Businesses and Restrictions) Regulations 2020 comes into effect today until the 29th June.

The rules stipulate that the opening hours for serving customers in retail shops is between 9am and 7pm, with the exception of supermarkets, petrol stations and car dealers, among others.

Hand sanitising at the point of entrances and exits must be provided and social distancing must be observed wherever reasonably practicable. Should this not be possible, employees should wear masks.

This also applies to medical and health services, such as dentists and opticians, and motor vehicle dealers.

Hair and beauty salons must operate on an appointment only basis, and employees should wear masks at all times, as should estate agents when out visiting properties.

Gymnasiums, personal trainers, restaurants and cafeterias will require a permit from the Director of Public Health. They will be also have to keep a list with client contact details for ten days, after which these must be destroyed. This, however, will not apply to the takeaway trade.

Bars and nightclubs will remain closed for the time being.

Construction sites and shipbuilding repairs must remain closed unless they have been issued with a certificate from the Chief Technical Officer.

Anyone using temperature screening, as recommended by the Director of Public Health, should display signage to this effect at the entrance to the premises, and no record of temperatures should be kept.

Anyone found to be in contravention of these regulations will incur a fine of up to £10,000, which could be applicable to the person breaking the law, as well as to the establishment itself.