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Takeaway service extended for restaurants, pubs and cafes

12 November 2020

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced that restaurants, pubs and cafes will get automatic freedoms to provide takeaway services for another year.

The new measures will help give businesses the confidence they need to continue to serve customers and hopefully retain staff. It will also help them adapt to longer-term changes they may wish to introduce, such as serving their customers from market stalls.

This follows on from the rules relaxing in March at the start of the pandemic, so businesses could offer a takeaway service without having to go through a planning application process. This was due to end on 23 March 2021 but will now be extended by another year.

Communities Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:

“We’ve taken decisive action since the beginning of the pandemic to support our pubs, restaurants, cafes and markets. Making it easier for them to provide takeaways has helped these businesses to adapt and helped sustain many through an unbelievably difficult year.

That’s why I am extending these simple but effective reforms to support these businesses – helping give them and their employees more certainty over the coming year. It will also be a boost for their customers who can now look forward to continuing to enjoy meals at home from their favourite restaurants. As these reforms have made such a difference, I will be considering making them permanent”.

Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive of UKHospitality said:

“The ability to provide takeaway services was a valuable lifeline for many hospitality venues, not just during the lockdown but in the days of reduced and restricted trade, too.

The extension will undoubtedly help many. For pubs, restaurants and cafes to operate as takeaways gives them a previously untapped revenue stream and a much better chance to survive what will be a tough winter. It will help avoid waste and allow businesses to retain a valuable link with their customers and communities”.

To find out more information about the extension visit Gov.uk.