What level 3 could mean for hairdressers, gyms, gamblers and casinos


Betting shops, casinos and soft play centers have been forced to close in other parts of the country where level 3 restrictions have been imposed. Following negotiations between the government and local leaders in Greater Manchester, Liverpool, Lancashire and South Yorkshire, agreements were reached where additional businesses would close as well as those to be closed as part of the benchmark for level 3 – such as non-food pubs.

As negotiations to negotiate Nottingham, Gedling, Rushcliffe and Broxtowe in level 3 local lockdown restrictions continue, thousands of local residents anxiously await to know exactly how local businesses will be affected under the new, more stringent restrictions .

While pubs and bars not serving food must close, shops and places of worship can remain open, as can schools and colleges, while universities must reflect broader restrictions with the ability to move to a more extensive online offer.

Local leaders are helping the government determine whether other venues need to be closed, such as gyms, casinos and barber shops. However, gyms and hair salons are open in all other level 3 areas at this point.

While the gym was initially closed in Liverpool when it entered Level 3, alongside sports facilities, leisure centers, betting shops, adult gaming centers and casinos, they have now reopened in accordance with other areas subject to the strictest local locking restrictions.

However, it will not be known for sure which additional businesses will close under the Nottinghamshire Level 3 deal until negotiations between the government and local leaders are completed and the finalized deal announced.

Here is a list of businesses that have been forced to close in other parts of the country as part of Level 3 – as well as businesses closed under basic guidelines, such as pubs not serving food:

Grand Manchester:

  • casinos
  • bingo halls
  • paris shops
  • adult play centers
  • flexible play centers and areas

Liverpool City area:

  • casinos
  • paris shops
  • adult play centers
  • flexible play centers and areas

Yorkshire du Sud:

  • casinos
  • adult play centers
  • paris shops
  • flexible play centers and areas


  • casinos
  • bingo halls
  • adult betting shops and gaming centers
  • flexible play centers and areas
  • car boot sale

Basic restrictions on businesses and sites in very high alert areas include:

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  • some businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • businesses and places selling food for consumption away from the premises may continue to do so after 10 p.m., provided this is done through a delivery service, online pick-up or drive-thru
  • reception areas in ports, on transport services and in motorway service areas must not close at 10 p.m., but must not serve alcohol after that time
  • pubs and bars must close; they can only stay open where they operate as if it were a restaurant – which means serving large meals, such as a main meal at lunchtime or in the evening; they can only serve alcohol as part of such a meal
  • businesses must ensure they operate securely by COVID, including restrictions on table service and group bookings
  • some companies and sites are required to collect data on customers, visitors and staff to support NHS testing and monitoring
  • the wearing of face masks for clients and staff in certain indoor environments
  • companies should ensure that while their workers are required to self-isolate, they do not work outside of their designated self-isolation location
  • companies and places must ensure that people do not meet on their premises with people outside their home or in the bubble
  • businesses and sites that violate these restrictions can face fines of up to £ 10,000, prosecution or, in some cases, closure

In addition, the government says it will seek to agree additional measures in consultation with local authorities during Level 3 talks, to reduce the spread of the virus. The government says this could include the following options:

  • restrictions preventing the sale of alcohol in hospitality or closing all brands of hospitality (take out and delivery allowed)
  • closure of indoor and outdoor entertainment and tourist attractions and places
  • close venues such as recreation centers and gymnasiums (while ensuring that facilities remain available for elite athletes, sports and physical activity for young people and the disabled)
  • close public buildings, such as libraries and community centers (while ensuring that services remain available for youth clubs and childcare activities and support groups)
  • shutting down personal care and close contact services or prohibiting riskier activities
  • close performing arts venues for the purpose of performing in front of the public


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