Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information about licensing and permits

Alcohol and entertainment

Licensed premises

On 20 March 2020, The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020 emergency powers came into force. The government has been forced to implement strict controls on many businesses to ensure social distancing takes place to minimise the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Guidance about closing certain businesses and venues is regularly changing and is available on the GOV.UK website.

Employees, employers and businesses

Guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19) for employees, employers and businesses is available on the GOV.UK website.

Financial help for businesses

Information about how to claim the financial support announced by the Government is available on the Invest Plymouth website.

Food businesses

Only certain food businesses, such as restaurants and cafes are allowed to sell food as takeaway. If any seating outside or adjacent to the premises remains in use this would constitute an offence. You must put in place suitable control measures to ensure that you protect your employees and that any customers collecting from your business are able to maintain the government recommended social distancing measures. Anyone found breaching these regulations will be subject to a fine.

For more information please read the current regulations on the Public Health England website and also refer to the Health and Protection Legislation on the GOV.UK website.

Restaurants to takeaways

The government has now put in place measures to allow drinking establishments including pubs and bars (A4 - drinking establishment) and restaurants and cafes (A3) to operate for takeaway food during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. More information is available on our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information about planning and building control page.

If you need any further information or advice about these regulations or the methods in which you are trading during the pandemic please email

Delivery service for alcohol

 Delivery services of alcohol guidance [PDF, 178KB]