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Takeaways and delivery services can remain open

Yesterday the Government stepped up measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and save lives by announcing all non-essential premises must now close.

However, it was deemed takeaways and delivery services could remain open and operational in line with guidance on Friday 20th March. To remain open, takeaways must:

• Ensure a distance of two meters between customers and shop assistants; and

• Let people enter the shop only in small groups, to ensure that spaces are not


• Queue control is required outside of shops and other essential premises that

remain open.

This means people can continue to enter premises to access takeaway services, including delivery drivers.

Planning regulation is being changed to enable restaurants, cafes and pubs which do not currently offer delivery and hot food takeaway to do so. This will be clearly communicated by the government when in effect. People must not consume food or drinks on site at restaurants, cafes or pubs whilst waiting for takeaway food,

Those venues offering takeaway or delivery services must not include alcoholic beverages in this list if their license does not already permit.

The government will look again at these measures in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.

For the latest Government information, click here.

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