clock iconPosted Friday, 27 November 2020

COVID-19: Guidance During National Restrictions in the United Kingdom

By Lawrence Taylor Ellyard

National restrictions are now in place for the United Kingdom from the 5th November 2020. Below are helpful links on the restrictions and guidance for our members in this region. We will update this blog regularly on how to move forward in response to COVID-19. You can also stay up to date by visiting

Please note the information contained on this page is general in nature and does not contain professional IICT advice or recommendations, nor does it take into account your personal situation.

The guidelines outlined on this page apply to England. Please click the links below to view the guidance for the other regions in the UK:

If you are affected by coronavirus and would like to find out what support you can get from the government and other organisations, click here. For financial support information, please click on the links below:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) support is also available to businesses, self-employed people and sole traders. Find out what financial support schemes you may be eligible for by clicking here 


5th November 2020

New National Restrictions

Following the rapid increase in COVID-19 case numbers across the UK new national restrictions are now in place (replacing the Local Covid Alert Level measures) to help reduce the growth and spread of the infection. From Thursday, 5th November to Wednesday, 2nd December, people must:

At the end of that period, a return to a regional approach will replace these current restrictions, based on the latest data. These measures will be underpinned by law. Police and other authorities will have powers to give fines and break up gatherings. For detailed information on the New National Restrictions guideline, click here.

Businesses Which Must Close

To reduce social contact, the regulations require some businesses to close including:

  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Spas, massage parlours, non-medical acupuncture must also close and it is also prohibited to provide these services in other peoples’ homes. Guidelines for people who provide close contact services can be viewed by clicking here.
  • Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, fitness and dance studios. Information for people who work in grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities can be viewed by clicking here. 

For more information on businesses required to close, permitted to be open for a small number of exempt activities and other businesses and venues permitted to stay open, click here.

Restriction guidelines for complementary healthcare practitioners registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) in the UK.

CNHC register complementary health practitioners from the following professions:
Alexander Technique teaching; Aromatherapy; Bowen Therapy; Colon Hydrotherapy; Craniosacral Therapy; Healing; Hypnotherapy; Massage Therapy; Microsystems Acupuncture; Naturopathy; Nutritional Therapy; Reflexology; Reiki; Shiatsu; Sports Therapy; Yoga Therapy.

Below is an update from the CNHC regarding the latest government announcements on returning to work/working during the coronavirus pandemic.

CNHC sought legal advice on whether the complementary healthcare practitioners they register are included in the businesses permitted to remain open during the national restrictions in England introduced by the Government on 5 November.

The advice they received stated that CNHC Registrants in England meet the definition of “other…health services, including services relating to mental health” contained in Section 47, Part 3 of the Schedule to The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020.

This legal advice has taken into account that in Sections 25D and 25E of the NHS Reform and Health Care Professions Act 2002 (as inserted by the Health and Social Care Act 2012) practitioners on Accredited Registers are defined as engaged in work that includes the provision of healthcare.

What this means for CNHC Registrants

1. You must only provide therapies to clients who have identified health needs

CNHC Registrants can continue to provide the therapies they are registered for, on a one-to-one basis, for an identified mental or physical health condition or injury that is causing the client pain or having an adverse impact on their mobility or their quality of life. This is for you to establish using your professional judgement and expertise in the discipline you practise, based on information you should elicit from your client/potential client before agreeing to see them. You may decide to undertake further research, confer with colleagues at your practice or seek the advice of your professional association (while maintaining client confidentiality) before confirming a health need.

2. You need to be able to evidence a health need

Unless you have received a direct referral from a statutory regulated health professional, you must be able to evidence that your therapeutic intervention is supporting your client with their condition. You can do this by noting in your client records:
  • The symptoms your client has.
  • The adverse impact those symptoms are having on their daily life.
  • Their medical history, including any pre-existing conditions or diagnosis they have received from their GP, hospital consultant, or other regulated health professional.
  • A clear rationale for the care that you are providing.

You should already be keeping detailed, up to date and attributable client records

3. Mobile working is restricted

You cannot provide treatment to a client in their own home unless you have received a direct referral from a statutory regulated health professional. If you have received a referral, you may see a client in their own home so long as you:

  • Check that your insurance will cover this.
  • Think about how you will manage social distancing and hygiene in an environment that is not your own and communicate with the client in advance about how to manage this.
  • Consider who else lives with the client and whether they are in a high or moderate risk group.
  • Check before you enter the client’s home if they, or anyone who lives with them or is in their support bubble, have had any coronavirus symptoms or if they have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace and told to self-isolate. If the answer is yes, then do not enter the home or provide the therapy.

4. If your practice is based in your home

You can continue to work as long as it is COVID-secure and is covered by your insurance. You must:

  • Only provide treatments in a room which is not used by other members of your household.
  • Sanitise the treatment room and any other parts of your home that clients have to pass through to reach the room between each appointment. Not doing this could place both your clients and members of your household at risk.
  • Check all members of your household daily for any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Follow our CNHC's advice on working safely to make sure your practice is COVID-secure. 

CNHC also provides information for registered complementary Health Practitioners in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales click here to view the guidance for the relevant country and refer to the section in red for the latest updates.


Lawrence Taylor Ellyard

About the Author:

Lawrence Taylor Ellyard

Lawrence Taylor Ellyard is the CEO and Founder of the IICT with over 25 years experience in the natural health industry. Lawrence has been instrumental in developing the IICT's operations both within the Australia and Internationally.

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