New Covid-19 Restrictions (Announced Tue 22nd Sep)

Dear Business
As I’m sure you are aware, yesterday the Prime Minister announced a range of new #COVID19 restrictions which are to cover the whole of the UK and are effective from tomorrow (Thursday 24th September).

I appreciate with local lockdowns and now these new guidelines to adhere to, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed or confused (I know I am!!). To help you make sense of these new guidelines, please see below a link to the BBC website which gives an easy to follow summary of the restrictions:

New Covid-19 Rules at a Glance!


This article also includes a list of local restrictions.

If you have any concerns or questions, we are here to help and can be contacted by emailing

In the meantime, please continue to support your fellow #Otley businesses and #StaySafe!

Rachelle Atkin
Otley Business Improvement District Champion

4 thoughts on “New Covid-19 Restrictions (Announced Tue 22nd Sep)

  1. I understand is there is already confusion around small cafe’s and takeaway’s with very limited indoor seating. I’m wondering exactly how this line should be interpreted:

    “They will be restricted by law to table service only, except for takeaways.”

    Ministers seem to be at odds with each other over this as well, I’ve just checked a selection of todays papers.
    In our case, Parkgate Cafe is mainly a sandwich bar takeaway but we currently have a single table safely positioned inside. Parkgate also only has one staff person working most of the time because being so small it simply cannot sustain extra staff, especially with present circumstances. Ali now has a dilemma. Customers normally would pay at the counter and take their food to the table. If She has to do table service it will seriously hamper business operations and quality of food, chasing takeaway customers out of the front door while trying to rush around the counter to serve the seated customers. Remove the table inside? The seasons have changed now and the table proves popular, especially given that it is reasonably well distanced from takeaway customers. The Daily Mirror today appears to suggest nothing has essentially changed for Parkgate, excepting the wearing of face coverings by staff and all unseated customers.

    • Hi James,

      I can fully understand your confusion. This doesn’t seem to have been clearly communicated. I did however, read something yesterday which outlined that takeaway businesses that do not serve alcohol do not need to serve diners at their tables. I will dig it out and send a screenshot of it to your Facebook page so that you can read it in full.

      I hope this helps to clarify things for you.

      Best wishes
      Otley BID Champion

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