Re opening your food business

Covid 19

Most catering businesses have been closed due to the coronavirus regulations unless they are able to deliver or offer a takeaway service but restaurants, pubs and bars have been given the green light to re-open from 4th July. Guidance and best practice is being published regularly but some of it may seem confusing and difficult to understand or find.

Here are some useful resources and documents to help you get your head around what to do whether your business is open, closed or you just want to get organized and plan for when the restrictions are lifted.

This page will be updated regularly as the changes happen and new information is available.

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Food delivery and takeaway

If you decide to change your business to offer delivery and/or takeaway you must:

  • Contact your Local Environmental health department and tell them what the changes are
  • Update your Food Safety Management System or HACCP to include delivery and/or takeaway
  • If customers are ordering off a website or over the phone you must provide allergen information before they order and label the food being delivered or collected.
  • Put in place social distancing measures and complete a risk assessment*

Coronavirus Risk Assessment – Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

The new government guidance for completing a risk assessment for coronavirus is available for restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services – click here

Once you have completed your risk assessment you can display this poster to tell customers you have done it

*Remember if you have more than 5 employees then legally you must write down your Covid-19 risk assessment.

Coronavirus Risk Assessment – for all food businesses

UK hospitality has put  together some advice for food businesses including dine in restaurants which can open from 4th July 2020 to help you put a risk assessment together.  Click here

Coronavirus re opening document

This checklist will help you to plan to re-open your business when the restrictions are lifted – Re-opening Checklist (

Guidance for different types of businesses

Signage (downloadable posters to print and display)

Track and Trace

How to record your staff, customers and visitors information to help with the NHS Track and Trace system. Read More