The government has confirmed that pubs and bars are able to carry on operating as food delivery and takeaway operations.
Following the new restrictions on movement introduced by the prime minister in reaction the COVID-19 pandemic, operators were left in the dark as to whether or not they could continue to offer these adapted services.
But clarity has now be provided via the ‘businesses and premises to close: guidance’ on the gov.uk website.
“Food delivery and takeaway can remain operational and can be a new activity supported by the new permitted development right. This covers the provision of hot or cold food that has been prepared for consumers for collection or delivery to be consumed, reheated or cooked by consumers off the premises.”
According to Pub & Bar’s legal writers, serving alcoholic drinks to be taken off premise will continue to be subject to existing licensing laws. Premises licence conditions will still apply.