Coronavirus (Covid-19)

National lockdown: you must stay at home and not leave your house unless necessary. Further details: Help and advice: Ribble Valley Community Hub (01200 414597).

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Covid-19 Guidance for restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes, and social clubs who are operating a takeaway service

National Lockdown

As you will be aware, the UK is currently experiencing a public health emergency as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, it is critical that businesses take a range of measures to keep everyone safe. Although the basic requirement is for the closure of hospitality businesses, this guidance is an endeavour to assist them with regard to the limited activity they can continue. Below is an outline of the latest legislation which allows hospitality venues to safely operate as a takeaway service.

  • Food and drink (not alcohol) for takeaway is permitted to be sold for consumption off the premises between the hours of 05:00 and 23:00. This must be consumed off the premises and away from any areas adjacent to the premises.
  • Between 23:00 and 05:00 takeaways of food or drink (not alcohol) are only  permitted when collected without entering the premises, or at a drive through without leaving the vehicle.
  • All food and drink (including alcohol) can continue to be provided by delivery at any time, providing it is ordered via one of the following methods:
    • Through a website, or otherwise online communication
    • By telephone
    • By post

The key difference from previous lockdowns and Tiers restrictions is the move to make provision of alcohol from such premises to be by delivery only.

Ribble Valley Borough Council aims to support local business, and encourage them to contact us or seek their own professional advisers in the event of any query. However, investigation will be carried out in the event of receipt of any complaint and action might be taken, depending upon the circumstances of any particular breach of the regulations.

It is strongly advised and urged that all businesses refer to the guidance and, in particular, to the regulations which cover any activity they may wish to carry on. The links to these can be found below



This guidance note is based on the current advice issued. The guidance and regulations are updated regularly, and businesses should keep checking on any changes themselves.



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