Coronavirus - pubs and restaurants

COVID-19 Update - Cafes Pubs and Restaurants in England to close during second lockdown - 5 November to 2 December 2020

The following hospitality venues are required to close for consumption on the premises from Thursday 5 November until 2 December 2020 -  subject to further review by the Government.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020

  • Restaurants; pubs; bars, including those in hotels or members' clubs; social clubs
  • Cafes and canteens, including workplace canteens where there is no reasonable alternative

These businesses can continue to provide:

  • Food and non-alcoholic drinks on a takeaway basis between 5am and 10pm. This means that customers can enter the premises to place and collect their order. Food and non-alcoholic drinks can also be sold for delivery where orders are made online, by telephone or by post, and via click and collect; and drive through;
  • Food and drinks for delivery, via click and collect and drive through only between 10pm and 5am.Click-and-collect and delivery services can only operate where goods are pre-ordered (by phone, online, via a mobile app or by post) and collected without entering the premises
  • Alcohol for consumption off the premises for delivery, click and collect and drive through. As above, this means it must be pre-ordered (by phone, online, via a mobile app or by post) and must be collected without entering the premises. Venues offering click-and-collect or delivery services must not include alcoholic beverages if their license does not already permit.

Hospitality venues providing food and drink for consumption off the premises are not permitted to allow customers to consume from any adjacent seating to the premises (with the exception of motorway service areas, airports, seaports, and the international terminal at Folkestone).

Room service in hotels and other guest accommodation continues to be permitted as long as it is ordered by phone or online.

Cafes or canteens may remain open in:

  • a hospital, care home or school, or provider of post-16 education or training
  • criminal justice accommodation
  • naval/military/air force or MoD facilities

Services providing food and/or drink to people experiencing homelessness can also remain open.

Further information on business closures can be found online .

Public Information

If you have been asked to self-isolate or are self-isolating and you order a takeaway or food delivery by phone or online, please ensure you advise the business, so they can inform the delivery driver that the items are to be left outside, or as appropriate for your home.

If you suffer from a food allergy you must tell the business and identify your allergy very clearly when you make your order and ask them to confirm if they can meet your request. Please recognise that occasionally they may not be able to meet your requirements.