Advice for food takeaways and deliveries

COVID-19 and food businesses

Guidance for registered food businesses

The coronavirus pandemic has created serious challenges for food businesses and the Council understands that pubs and restaurants may be looking to change their business model and diversify into providing takeaways and deliveries of meals in order to maintain their business during this time.

We want to support local businesses to be able to stay trading and to be able to provide food to people who are staying at home. Guidance from the Council's Food Safety team is now available and the downloads section on this page includes a leaflet containing advice. This advice is for business that are already registered with the Food Safety team at South Staffordshire Council, and who are looking to make provision for takeaways and deliveries where they have not done so before.

The Food Standards Agency has advice on their website for managing a food business if you sell products online, for takeaway or for delivery at: www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/distance-selling-mail-order-and-delivery

Social distancing measures

From Saturday 21 March 2020 you cannot consume food or any drink in premises such as restaurants, pubs, cafés, bars, etc. even whilst waiting for takeaway food. This means people can enter premises to access takeaway services, including delivery drivers. However, they cannot serve and allow customers to socialise at the premises. This is now an offence and any premises found to be doing this are at risk of formal action and losing their alcohol license.

Those venues offering takeaway or delivery services must not include alcoholic beverages on their menu if their license does not already permit such activity.

Planning regulations have now been changed to enable restaurants, cafes and pubs which do not normally offer delivery and hot food takeaway to do so. Further information is available on the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close-guidance

Please note - this information dated Monday 23 March 2020 is likely to change on a regular basis.

Provision of cooked food by voluntary and community groups

Before you consider doing this, please contact the Food Safety Team at the Council to discuss this further. It is important that additional health and infection control risks such as food poisoning are not created at this difficult time.

If you require any specific advice, please contact the Food Safety team and we will respond to you as soon as we can.

Email: env.commercial@sstaffs.gov.uk

Tel: 01902 696000

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