1. Pay
  2. Report
  3. Apply

Coronavirus - pubs and restaurants

COVID-19 Update - Cafes Pubs and Restaurants may re-open to trade from 4 July

On 23 June 2020 the Government announced that, from 4 July 2020, pubs, cafes and restaurants will be permitted to re-open for trade provided they can meet the Health and Safet Executive (HSE) Working safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak guidance and follow the re-opening guidance issued for the hospitality sector. This guidance can be found on HM Government: Keeping workers and customers safe during COVID-19 in restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services. Before you resume trading as a food business, please check regularly for up to date advice on the current situation using our Coronavirus - business support, which includes the Council's business recovery toolkit.

Wiltshire Council is fully committed to doing everything it can to support people, businesses and our local communities through this challenging time.

The government has announced that planning rules will be relaxed so pubs and restaurants can operate as hot food takeaways during the coronavirus outbreak. These changes will provide vital flexibility to pubs and restaurants and will ensure people are able to safely stay at home while still supporting these local businesses across the county.

The measures are the latest in a series of practical steps the government is taking to support businesses and help people who need to self-isolate, as well as vulnerable groups and older people who have been strongly advised to avoid social contact outside their homes to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. 
Full details of the proposal are available on GOV.UK: Press release - Government to grant permission for pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways as part of coronavirus response.

We are receiving queries about the offer of pool tables, gaming machines and darts inside licensed premises when they open. Is this permitted? 

These are all activities that the Government have not identified within the guidance issued on 23 June 2020 to the hospitality industry as COVID-19 Secure. The need to stand around pool tables and gaming machines conflicts with the guidance to ensure that all indoor customers are seated. We expect that each licensed premises COVID-19 risk assessment will reflect this and the activities are not offered until restrictions are further relaxed. The Council will respond to any complaints received accordingly.

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.