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Covid-19 advice for businesses

Information & advice for food businesses

Latest guidance and requirements for businesses

For the latest guidance and requirements for businesses (on closure times, table service, face masks etc.), please visit the latest guidance page

COVID secure advice and guidance for food businesses

Since 4th July 2020 all food businesses are allowed to open to the public for onsite and take-away sale of food and drink (as alcohol licences permit). However all businesses must consider the hazards of COVID-19 within their business and mitigate the risk to keep workers and customers safe.

The Guidance below outlines how to do this safely.

Guidance for food businesses

Reopening and adapting your food business during COVID-19

Reopening checklist for food businesses during COVID-19

Keeping workers and customers safe during Covid-19 in restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services 

Guidance for restaurants & food manufacturers on rapid shut-down procedures in response to a COVID-19 outbreak in the workplace


Environmental Health Northamptonshire have collated the advice from the government into three helpful documents:

  1. General guidance – 5 steps to working safely

Download guidance for re-opening businesses

      2. Guidance for restaurants offering takeaway and delivery during COVID-19 which includes template signage you can use.

Download guidance for restaurants offering takeaway or delivery

      3. Also there is a risk assessment template form which can be used to assess the hazards in your business and document how you are controlling the risk

Download risk assessment template

If you have any queries, please contact The Food and Safety Team at [email protected]

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Food safety for community cooking and food banks

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  • All pubs, restaurants and cafes will be able to offer takeaway and delivery services if they wish. Permitted Development Right will be introduced shortly to pubs, restaurants and cafes to act as hot food takeaways without going through the usual planning process.