Food safety

Covid-19 advice for food businesses

The government has set out its plans to allow restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services to slowly return to normal and reopen on the 4 July, guidance can be found at 

This information from government should be read in conjunction with the other documents and links to government guidance provided. Read – all Covid-19 advice for food businesses

We urge all businesses to follow the government’s direction in this respect, if followed the guidance will help you to run a safe food business and protect yourself, your staff and your customers from the risk of becoming infected with Covid-19.

Guidance on the further easing of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions from 4 July 2020  - information about businesses that are permitted to reopen can be found atOpening certain businesses and venues in England

Planning regulation has been temporarily changed to enable restaurants, cafes and pubs which do not currently offer delivery and hot food takeaway to do so.  Those premises offering takeaway or delivery services must not include alcoholic beverages in this if their license does not already permit.

Temporary permission for takeaway services

The government has changed the law to enable most food service businesses to offer takeaway services from their premises on a temporary basis under permitted development rights.  This applies to businesses operating from premises which are Use Class A3, A4 or a drinking establishment with expanded food provision as defined in Class AA.  However, this is conditional on the business informing the Local Planning Authority.  If you intend to start offering these services, please notify us by email: