Information for hospitality businesses

New national restrictions are now in place until 2 December. 

Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs must close. There are exceptions where food and drink may be provided for consumption off the premises as follows.

Food and non-alcoholic drinks

  • Between the hours of 5am and 10pm a premises may sell food or non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway. The purchaser can enter the premises to collect the food or drink.
  • After 10pm the premises may continue to sell but the sale must be pre-ordered and only made via a delivery, click and collect or a drive-thru facility. The purchaser must not enter the premises or vacate their vehicle.

Alcohol

  • A premises may sell alcohol at any time (as long as a pre-existing licence is in force to allow this) but the sale must be pre-ordered and only made via a delivery, click and collect or drive-thru. The purchaser must not enter the premises or vacate their vehicle.

Pre-ordered means that food and drink orders are received through a website or online, by phone or text message, or by post.   

This does not over ride current hours allowed by planning permission or the hours on your licence, these must still be adhered to.

Off-licences are exempt from this as they are not a business that has to close.

A premises allowing members of the public and/or delivery drivers to collect food should refer to their risk assessment and remain covid-secure and ensure that face coverings are worn at all times and that social distancing is adhered to.

Other hospitality businesses that must close:

  • Cinemas.
  • Theatres.
  • Nightclubs, dance halls, discotheques and any other venue which:
    • opens at night,
    • has a dance floor or other space for dancing by members of the public (and for these purposes members of the venue in question are to be considered members of the public), and
    • provides music, whether live or recorded, for dancing.
  • Bingo halls.
  • Concert halls.
  • Museums and galleries.
  • Casinos.
  • Betting shops and adult gaming centres.
  • Spas.
  • Nail, beauty salons, hair salons and barbers.
  • Tanning salons.
  • Massage parlours.
  • Sexual entertainment venues, within the meaning given in paragraph 2A of Schedule 3 to the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982(a) ("the 1982 Act").

Information from the government 

Report a business not complying with coronavirus safety measures