Premises licences

Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

During this difficult time for businesses, employees and residents, the Environmental Health & Licensing Service is prioritising support and advice for business and customers. If your business needs advice regarding food safety, health and safety, licensing or Covid-19 precautions in the workplace, please get in touch with the team on 03450450063 or /

The Government website provides businesses with lots of useful information regarding protecting yourself and others, employment and financial support and how to clean workplaces safely. This information may be of use during these challenging times.

We are aware that many food businesses have re-purposed their operations to provide take-away food due to the requirement for certain businesses to close. The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) have produced some practical advice for businesses offering food delivery and takeaway [PDF], covering topics including allergens, driver pick-ups/drop-offs and safe food procedures.

New Changes 


Businesses selling food or drink (including cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants), social clubs, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement arcades (and other indoor leisure centres or facilities), funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls, must be closed between 10pm and 5am.

This will include takeaways, but delivery services can continue after 10pm (from 24 September).

Table service

In licensed premises, food and drink must be ordered from, and served at, a table.

Customers must eat and drink at a table in any premises selling food and drink to consume indoors, on site (from 24 September)

Track and trace 

Businesses will need to display the official NHS QR code posters so that customers can ‘check-in’ at different premises using this option as an alternative to providing their contact details once the app is rolled out nationally (from 24 September).

Further guidance and information can be found on the Government Website.

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