COVID 19 (Coronavirus) – report a non-essential business which remains open

In response to the global outbreak of coronavirus the government requires non-essential shops and businesses to temporarily close, until directed otherwise by the Secretary of State.

This has been laid out in the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 which will be enforced by the Local Authority and the Police. The Regulations require the closure of businesses selling food or drink for consumption on the premises and businesses listed within the legislation, detailed below. Officers from Public Protection have been authorised for the purpose of serving Prohibition Notices and Fixed Penalty Notices in relation to businesses which have remained open in contravention of Regulation 4 or 5.

Businesses subject to restrictions or closure:

  • Restaurants, including those in hotels and member’s clubs
  • Cafes, including workplace canteens (except for in hospitals, care homes, prisons, military or those providing for the homeless)
  • Bars and public houses
  • Cinemas and theatres
  • Nightclubs
  • Bingo halls
  • Concert halls
  • Museums and  galleries
  • Casinos and betting shops
  • Spas, nail, beauty, hair salons, barbers, massage parlours, tattoo and piercing parlours.
  • Indoor fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, soft play areas or other indoor leisure centres or facilities.
  • Funfairs, playgrounds, sports courtsand  outdoor gyms
  • Outdoor markets (except stalls selling food)
  • Car showrooms
  • Auction houses.

Businesses as considered necessary and not listed below.


Businesses permitted to remain open:

  • Food retailers, including markets, supermarkets, convenience stores and corner shops
  • Off licences, including breweries
  • Pharmacies and chemists
  • Newsagents
  • Homeware, building supplies and hardware stores
  • Petrol stations
  • Car repair and MOT services
  • Bicycle shops
  • Taxi or vehicle hire businesses
  • Banks, building societies, credit unions, short term loan providers and cash points
  • Post offices
  • Funeral directors
  • Laundrettes & dry cleaners
  • Dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services relating to mental health
  • Veterinary surgeons and pet shops
  • Agricultural supplies shops
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • Car parks
  • Public toilets

Report a business

To report a business within the London Borough Bromley which is operating in contravention of the above please complete the following form. All reports will be investigated; however to maximise our resources in response to Coronavirus you will not receive a response as to the outcome of the investigation. 

Complete report form