Coronavirus - business closures
Guidance for Businesses and Customers
As a result of further rising infection rates during the current COVID 19 pandemic, the Government has put in place a further lockdown period from Thursday 5 November 2020 to Wednesday 2 December 2020 and further legislation requiring certain businesses and other venues across England to close for trade.
Current details of business closure restrictions can be found on GOV.UK: Guidance Closing certain businesses and venues in England
Further guidance and links to financial and business support information is available on Coronavirus business support.
This means people can continue to enter premises to access takeaway services, including delivery drivers.
These businesses and their customers are asked to observe the GOV.UK: Staying alert and safe (social distancing). These food businesses must not provide seating for their customers. They must prevent customers using any seating or sitting in areas adjacent to the food business, whether or not the seating is normally provided. This can be achieved by talking to customers or placing a sign stating:
'Please do not sit here. To prevent the spread of COVID-19 please exercise social distancing'
More information for this sector is available on Coronavirus - pubs and restaurants.
These businesses and their customers are asked to observe GOV.UK: Staying alert and safe (social distancing).
COVID-19 has caused a disruption of normal food supply routes, with some businesses having an excess of stock because their customers have been forced to close. WRAP is a British charity that help organisations reduce waste and improve the efficiency of the food and drink supply chain. They have produced WRAP: Redistribtion labelling guide that covers date labelling and storage instructions for surplus food in order for it to be redistributed to food charities and food banks.
The advice applies to manufacturing, retail and suppliers and all types of redistribution organisations. Their work is supported by the Food Standards Agency and Department for Environment and Rural Affairs. For further information about WRAP visit their website. Additional information about food redistribution can be found on Food Standards Agency (FSA): Food safety for community cooking and food banks.
Wiltshire Council monitor compliance with these regulations, with police support provided if appropriate. Businesses that breach them may be subject to prohibition notices, and potentially unlimited fines. As a further measure, and if needed, businesses that fail to comply could also face the loss of their alcohol licence.
If you have information about a Wiltshire business which you believe is failing to comply with any mandatory closure requirement, please report it to the council with details of the business name and address and details of the activities giving rise to concern by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will treat all reports in confidence but we must request that you provide your name and contact details for us please. Our Council switchboard is understandably very busy so please can we also ask you to avoid telephoning this information through to us.