Food safety national COVID restrictions November 2020

Business closures due to new national restrictions

From Thursday 5 November 2020 non-essential retail shops and other businesses will be required to close as part of the new national restrictions. Businesses that are required to close include:

  • Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services
  • Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs, with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (before 10pm; and not including alcohol), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery
  • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites. Except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone's main residence, where they cannot return home, for homeless people, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes
  • Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting ranges
  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, soft play centres and areas, circuses, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks, theme parks. Indoor attractions at botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. It is also prohibited to provide these services in other peoples' homes
  • Community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities as set out below Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services - for example for people who do not have it at home - and for click-and-collect
  • Places of worship, apart from for the purposes of independent prayer, and service broadcasting and funerals

For further guidance on the national restrictions and which businesses must close visit the government guidance webpage.

Opening hours and restrictions to sales

Businesses such as cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars must not sell food, drink and alcohol for consumption on that premise. However these businesses may sell food or drink under the following circumstances:

  • food and drink but not alcohol (see below) for consumption off the premises may be sold between the hours of 0500 and 2200
  • food and drink for consumption off the premises may be sold between the hours of 2200 and 0500 but only; 
    • by delivery for orders received online, or by phone, email and post,
    • by a person who has ordered online, or by phone, email or post collecting the order without entering the premises.
    • by a person who has ordered online, or by phone, email or post collecting by vehicle without leaving the vehicle.
  •   alcohol may be sold for consumption off the premises and only;
    • by delivery for orders received online, or by phone, email and post
    • by a person who has ordered online, or by phone , email or post collecting the order without entering the premises.
    • by a person who has ordered online, or by phone , email or post collecting by vehicle without leaving the vehicle.
    • if the premise licence conditions allow the service, for further information contact your licensing team licensing@nfdc.gov.uk
  • the business provides these services in a covid-19 secure manner, for further information, see guidance from our food and safety team team about coronavirus risk assessments.

If you have any queries or require further information please contact us.

Email: eandr@nfdc.gov.uk

Phone: 023 8028 5411

Food and Safety Team
New Forest District Council
Appletree Court
Beaulieu Road
Lyndhurst
Hampshire
SO43 7PA

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