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Business Closure – What do the Regulations say?

Coronavirus / 26 March 2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure)(England) Regulations 2020 require to cafes, restaurants and workplace canteens except those at a hospital, care home, school, prison or those serving the homeless to stop selling food or drink for consumption on the premises.  These apply only in England.  The Regulations include offences and penalties for breach including contravention; obstruction; and personal liability where a company commits an offence due to the consent, connivance or neglect of a director or manager.  You can access the Regulations here.

Any breach is prosecuted in the Magistrates’ Court, who can impose a fine on conviction.  These Regulations must be reviewed by the Secretary of State every 28 days .  The first review must be made before the 18th April.

However
Hotels and other accommodation providers can continue to offer food or drink as part of room service.  Pubs, restaurants and cafes can continue to trade by offering take away food and alcohol, provided the personal licence holder is authorised to sell or supply alcohol for consumption off the premises.

The hospitality sector is renown for its innovation so many pubs and restaurants can remain at the heart of the community by selling their restaurant food as deli style take away meals; repurposing their supply chain by offering artisan bread, fresh fruit and vegetables to their local community or developing superfood products that boost the immune system and increase wellbeing.

If you need help ensuring your food business survives the coronavirus threat, then do get in touch.

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