Food safety

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Updates on our service

Important information for food premises operators

There are new emergency regulations stopping most food premises from being open as of now. They apply to the majority of food premises where food is prepared for immediate consumption including pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes plus places where food is provided alongside other activities such as theatres, cinemas, leisure centres, casinos, galleries, betting shops, sports halls. There are some exceptions for takeaway food premises.

If the regulations aren't complied with, then there are severe penalties including prosecution, fines and removal of licenses.

This is a vital step in preventing the spread of coronavirus and customers will expect you to be responsible so don't take any chances for them or yourself.

If you have any queries, please contact us at for further advice.

Further information - the regulations are called The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020.

Food hygiene inspections: Environmental Health will temporarily defer all routine food hygiene inspections/ site visits unless there is an  imminent risk to health or public safety. Officers remain available to offer advice and guidance as required by email or phone. 

Imported food Service: Clearance for both animal products and non animal products continues but we will prioritise higher risk/urgent consignments.


Follow the links below for information on food safety courses run by the council, food hygiene ratings for food businesses in our district and how to start a food business and meet the requirements for food safety in catering.

► Pubs and restaurants wanting to operate as takeaways during the coronavirus outbreak

Food Safety Inspections

Food Safety in Business

Starting a Food Business

Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering


Go straight to our other related services

Flooding Advice for Food Businesses

"TuckIn" Scheme for Local Takeaways

Register a food business establishment

Additional Information

Environmental Health fees and charges
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