Borough Council of Wellingborough

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Relaxation of rules to allow pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways

Published Thursday, 19 March 2020

The Government has announced relaxation of planning rules to assist pubs and restaurants during the Coronavirus pandemic.

For the next twelve months premises will be able to operate as takeaways providing hot food and drink. Further information on relaxing planning rules can be found here.

  • Any business that diversifies in the coming weeks will still need to ensure that they comply with food safety and licensing laws. To assist the Council has provided a checklist of things to consider:
  • You can sell hot food and hot drink between 5am and 11pm. Sales after 11pm will still require authorisation for late night refreshment under licensing law.
  • Premises licence holders should check their licence conditions and ensure that they are permitted to sell off sales of alcohol before offering this service.
  • When delivering alcohol always ensure that ID checks are still carried out and that alcohol is not given to anyone under the age of 18.
  • Food grade containers and packaging materials must be used for any takeaway food.
  • Hot food must be delivered in suitable insulated bags or boxes to maintain temperature.
  • Consider the time and distance for delivering and try and keep both to a minimum to maintain food quality.
  • Vehicles must be fit for purpose and food must not be subjected to potential contamination. Keep the interior of the vehicle clean and do not transport food with animals or chemicals such as fuel, oil and screen wash.
  • Check your vehicle insurance to ensure you are covered for business use.
  • You still have a requirement to provide information on what allergens food contains if asked by a customer. The law lists 14 allergens that must be declared if asked. Make sure that anyone answering phones or delivering food has full allergen information available.
  • You must detail the food safety controls you have put in place in your documented food safety management system / Safer Food Better Business Pack.
  • If you take on additional staff to assist you with deliveries they must be suitably instructed or trained in basic food safety.
  • Any significant change in your usual food business operation is still required to be notified to the Health Protection team. A significant change would include matters such as a business changing from retail of pre-packed foods only to preparing high risk open food, a wet sales pub starting to prepare high risk food, or a domestic cake maker starting to prepare takeaway meals. Please notify any significant changes in your food business activity by emailing  healthprotection@wellingborough.gov.uk

For more information or advice please contact the Health Protection Team on healthprotection@wellingborough.gov.uk