What Reopening Means For Small Business This March

Following the recently released reopening plan, we’re seeing increases in customer demand of up to 75% on some services. Plans to lift all restrictions in June have allowed people to start making plans when it comes to big events such as weddings.

Customers are also looking to plan home improvements, and book in-person fitness sessions at the park. Here’s a look at what the reopening plan means for your small business this March.

What’s staying the same

  • Trade professionals and cleaners can continue to work in homes
  • Fitness trainers can meet up outdoors with one client

What’s changing

As restrictions continue to lift, here are some key upcoming dates for professionals.

March 8th

  • Weddings attended by up to 6 guests can take place
  • Two people can meet up for recreation or exercise outdoors, which can include ‘coffee on a bench’

March 29th

  • Outdoor sports centres can reopen
  • You can meet outside, with one other household or ‘rule of 6, up to a maximum of 6 people’, this includes private gardens

April 12th

  • Indoor gyms reopen for individuals and people within the same household
  • Community centres reopen
  • Outdoor hospitality venues can reopen
  • Hairdressers, salons, and personal care services can reopen
  • All children’s activities can take place indoor and outdoors, with up to 15 parents or guardians
  • Overnight holidays of the same household within the UK
  • Weddings and receptions of up to 15 people

May 17th

  • Gatherings of up to 30 people outdoors
  • Indoor gatherings following the ‘rule of 6’ or two households
  • Weddings and receptions of up to 30 people
  • Indoor hospitality venues can reopen
  • Overnight accommodation such as hotels and B&Bs can reopen
  • Indoor sports, fitness classes, and exercise groups for adults
  • Entertainment, events, and performances with limits of – 1,000 or 50% indoors, 4,000 or 50% outdoors, and 10,000 or 25% for outdoor seated – whichever is lower

June 21st

  • Legal limits on social interactions and life events like weddings will be lifted

What does this mean for your small business?

With news of the reopening plan, customers are feeling more confident about booking everything from weddings to renovations. Here’s a few ways the reopening plan can provide opportunities for your small business.

Events

With the release of the roadmap for reopening we’ve already seen a jump in demand for customers planning ahead and booking services like wedding photography. 

Communicate with customers about their plans for event bookings and discuss flexibility around the timing of events. This will let customers know you’re there for them, if timelines for the reopening plan shift.

Health & Wellness

Exercise Outdoors

With recreation permitted outdoors like ‘coffee on a bench’, options such as meeting up for an in-person life coaching or counselling session outdoors open up as well.

Later in the month as gatherings of up to 6 or one other household are permitted in private gardens and the weather continues to warm up, garden fitness training sessions can be a great way to work with clients outdoors.

Home Improvement

Trade professionals can continue working in homes in keeping with the current guidelines and the roadmap for lifting restrictions. Home is still a top priority for customers, now more than ever. From painting to furniture assembly and rubbish removal they’re looking for professionals like you who can help make their home a space they love.

Learning

From music lessons to maths tutoring, students and parents are looking for ways to expand learning remotely at home. Read this article to learn more about how online teachers are keeping their calendars full with online lessons.

Continue Connecting With Clients Online

The pandemic has shifted the way we live and work, and even with restrictions lifting more and more customers are looking for online lessons, online fitness sessions, online coaching and counselling and more!

If you’re looking continue to expand your business online, check out these guides:

Looking for more information and dates around the roadmap for reopening? You can view the government’s full outline of the COVID-19 response this spring, including the roadmap here.