Guidance for Restaurants, Pubs and Bars
This guidance applies to any food preparation or service setting where food and drink is sold for consumption at venues or for takeaway or delivery.
It has been prepared by the Department for the Economy, in partnership with Tourism NI, with input from the NI Tourism Recovery Working Group and in consultation with Public Health Agency (PHA), the Health and Safety Executive NI (HSENI) and key Executive Departments, and has been shared with trade unions.
This guidance should be considered and applied in line with:
Businesses must adhere to the re-opening dates relevant and restrictions relating to the full complement of their business. It also should take into consideration restrictions that may apply to its customer base.
Updates to regulations on the 22 June, specific to Restaurants, Cafes, Coffee shops, pubs and bars re-opening, state that subject to the control of the coronavirus transmission rate:
- Restaurants, Cafes, Coffee Shops will be permitted to open from 3 July.
- The indoor spaces of pubs and bars will also be permitted to open from the 3 July on a table service basis.
- Pubs and bars with outdoor spaces, such as beer gardens, will be able to serve alcohol (where their licence permits them to do so) in these spaces on a table service basis.
The guidance provides key considerations that each business will need to translate into specific actions for its own unique circumstances. A site-by-site approach is essential and the risk assessment will differ for every business.
Each one of us must play our part in tackling the pandemic and there is an onus on individuals to operate responsibly, in line with the latest public health guidance. Owners are responsible for the conduct of their businesses and should consider how they communicate with both their staff and customers in this regard.
Working safely during COVID-19 in Restaurants, Pubs, Bars and Food Services
FSA Checklist for reopening during Covid-19:
Adapting your business for takeaway and delivery:
Cleaning effectively in your business:
The information provided gives some guidance and assistance on Covid-19 (new coronavirus) for your tourism business. The guidance is not designed to be definitive but highlights areas that you should consider. Each business has its own requirements, depending on the type of business it is and the guests it attracts, therefore, if you require precise or detailed information on anything mentioned in this guidance, or on the legal implications for you in particular, you should seek professional legal advice.