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Advice for licensed premises selling alcohol - COVID-19

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This page was updated on the 8 January 2021

National Lockdown - Stay at Home

An amendment to The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force on the 6 January, they impose closures and restrictions upon a number of businesses (also known as National Lockdown 3). As the Council understands the new legislation and is offered advice by Government these page will be subject to change. Preston is currently under Tier 4 Restrictions - Stay at Home.

For guidance regarding the wider community restrictions please visit our FAQ pages.

Pubs, Bars, Restaurants and Social Clubs must close.


Businesses may offer;

  • Food and  drinks (not including alcohol) on a takeaway basis between 5am and 11pm. This means that customers can enter the premises to place and collect their order.
  • Food and drinks  (Not including alcohol), via click and collect, drive through between 11pm and 5am,  (late night refreshment Premises Licence required for sale of food after 11pm). Click-and-collect and delivery services can only operate where goods are pre-ordered (by phone, online, via a mobile app or by post) and collected without customers entering the premises.
  • Alcohol can be provided by delivery only. Alcohol must not be sold over the counter, by click & collect or drive through.
  • If a restricted business is closed but a food premises can be accessed without entering the restricted business the food business may offer takeaway, as described above.

Planning regulation has been changed to enable restaurants, cafes and pubs which have not previously offered delivery and hot food takeaway to be able to do so.

The closure of restricted business includes adjacent areas. The Regulations provide that an area adjacent to the restricted business is where seating is made available for its customers (whether or not by the business) or which its customers habitually use for consumption of food or drink served by the business is to be treated as part of the premises. Therefore businesses must not allow customers to consume food or drink in beer garden areas, pavement café areas or similar seating area or from any adjacent seating (shared seating in shopping Centers or public benches etc) to the premises. Persons can neither sit nor stand and drink in areas habitually used by the premises.

Room service in hotels and other guest accommodation continues to be permitted as long as it is ordered by phone or online.

A business should be closed but its open, what can be done?

The Police and Preston City Council have powers to close businesses that remain open against the government orders.

You can report business you think should be closed using the button below

Report a Coronavirus Issue Form

I've read the guidance below but I still have questions, who can I contact?

The Environmental Health Department take the lead on enforcing the coronavirus restrictions in businesses. You can contact them using the coronavirus report form.

Request Coronavirus Advice Form

Guidance for pubs, bars and restaurants offering takeaway

Please feel free to download and use the posters we have provided.


Icon for pdf Poster - Takeaways Close at 11pm [582.88KB]

Icon for pdf Poster - Wear a Face Covering [544.05KB]

Icon for pdf Poster - Remove Mask for Security Purposes [312.64KB]

Icon for pdf Poster - Covid Secure Premises [524.17KB]

Icon for pdf Poster - Hands, Face, Space [524.38KB]

Icon for pdf Poster - Keep a Safe Distance [511.23KB]

Icon for pdf Poster - Please use Hand Sanitiser [503.64KB]



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