Covid-19 Business Support: Reopening to the public safely

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This page contains information all related to the reopening of businesses to the public on the Waterfront starting with 15th June for retailers.


Further dates will be announced soon by the Government for other sectors including hospitality, leisure, tourism and more.


  • 15th June [Retail Sector] All non-essential retailers will be able to re-open from June 15, provided they adhere to new safety guidelines to protect shoppers and workers. Click to download your self-print poster welcoming back your customers and reminding them of social distancing and good hand hygiene. Also click to download your toolkit to see our reopening waterfront retail toolkit.

  • 4th July [Pubs, restaurants, B&Bs, hotels and hairdressers] Can reopen from 4th July, providing they are 'Covid-19 secure'.

  • 11th July [Outdoor pools and some outdoor performances] Can reopen from 11th July, providing they are 'Covid-19 secure'.

  • 13th July [Beauticians, nail salons and tattooists] May reopen from 13th July, providing they are 'Covid-19 secure'.

  • 25th July [Indoor gyms, sports facilities and pools] May reopen from 25th July, providing they are 'Covid-19 secure'.

Waterfront Reopening - NEWS

  • Read about the package of measures designed to help businesses to re-open and to gently encourage customers back into Plymouth’s City Centre and the Waterfront areas, here. (1st June)

  • New Waterfront BID tool kit - Reopening Waterfront Retail available to download here. (9th June)

  • New 'Making Plymouth Safe' posters available to download here. (9th June)

  • What to expect travelling in and around Plymouth - About bus, rail & other services. (10th June) 

  • Managing queues outside your Premises - details. (12th June)

  • Reopening Retail: How to help encourage customers back safely - read. (15th June)

  • Businesses can apply now for free permits to help cafes, restaurants and pubs set up outside from 4th July - details (23rd June)

  • Reopening dates for pools, gyms, sports facilities, beauticians, nail salons and tattooists - details (10th July)

  • Signing up for the new 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme - details (10th July)

  • Update on Covid-19 in Plymouth + Guidlines & Toolkits - read (28th August) 

  • Changes to the way you capture customers details from Friday 18th September #NHSTrackAndTrace - read (16th September)

  • New posters for Shops and Hospitality outlets regarding importance of mask wearing - read (1st October)

Additional Links

Latest Covid-19 News Updates

• PWP news related to Covid-19 

Guides & Toolkits

• Plymouth City Council’s dedicated COVID-19 webpages

• Invest In Plymouth dedicated COVID-19 Portal
• Support and advice for businesses
• COVID-19 Hospitality & Tourism Advice