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Food outlets updates

Food outlets information

Food outlets key contacts

Food health and safety team email:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Advice for food businesses from Chesterfield Borough Council 

Factsheet including information on cleaning and disinfecting premises, food business registration, allergens, deliveries and takeaways, food temperature control, and infection control for food deliveries and collections.

Pavements Licence

The Pavements Licence is now available to apply for from our website: Apply for a pavements licence

Applications will then aim to be processed in a maximum of 14 days. 

If you have any questions please contact the council’s licensing team on or call 01246 345230.

Government information

Latest news

Winter economy plan - announced 24 September 2020

Hospitality and tourism

  • VAT will kept at the lower rate of 5% for hospitality and tourism until 31 March 2021

To read the full content of the announcement, visit: Winter Economy Plan - Speech - 24 September 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): What has changed - 22 September 2020

  • Businesses selling food or drink to be consumed on the premises must be closed between 10pm - 5am, from Thursday 24 September 2020. Takeaway delivery services can continue after 10pm.
  • Licensed premises can only serve food or drink via table service
  • Customers must eat and drink at a table if sitting indoors
  • Businesses will need to display the official NHS QR code poster to allow customers to 'check in' from Thursday 24 September, to allow people to use this as an alternative option to provide their details for test and trace (see below)
  • Businesses and organisations will have stricter rules to follow to ensure their premises are COVID secure from Monday 28 September 2020

To read the full guidance visit: Coronavirus (COVID-19): what has changed - 22 September 

Obtain a QR code poster for your venue - to be displayed from Thursday 24 September 2020

A test and trace QR code should  created and be displayed at all your venues if:

  • You are a business, place of worship or community organisation with a physical location that is open to the public
  • an event which is taking place in a physical location

If you have more than one location, you will need to create a QR for each location.

Venues include:

  • restaurants, including restaurants and dining rooms in hotels or members’ clubs
  • cafes, including workplace canteens
  • bars, including bars in hotels or members’ clubs
  • public houses
  • hotels and other guest accommodation provided on a commercial basis, including in Bed and breakfast accommodation, boats, campsites, caravans, chalets, guest houses, holiday parks, hostels, motels, pubs, sleeper trains and yurts;
  • community centres
  • youth and community centres
  • village halls

For further information on the collection of contact details, retention, storage and disclosure of details and fines associated, please read:


Test and trace information

The government and NHS have produced a number of information resources on how to handle customer logging for Test and Trace.

HM Government - NHS Test And Trace - Customer logging toolkit PDF (PDF 339 KB)
Action card - Hotels and other guest accommodation PDF (PDF 70 KB)
Action card - Manufacturing of food other large processing plants PDF (PDF 68 KB)
Action card - Restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes and takeaways PDF (PDF 70 KB)

Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS test and trace

Chancellor's plan for jobs to help the UK's recovery - 8 July 2020

VAT cut for Hospitality

Please see Winter economy plan - 24 September 2020, above for update

VAT will be cut on most tourism and hospitality-related activities from 20% to 5% from 15 July until 12 January 2021.

COVID-19: guidance for food businesses - GOV.UK - Updated guidance to include new section on prevention of infection and revised section on management of outbreaks including contact details for health protection teams - 26 June 2020

Keeping workers and customers safe during COVID-19 in restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Reopening checklist for food businesses during COVID-19 - Food Standards Agency

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Helpline - Health and Safety Executive - 0300 790 6787 - for advice on how to protect people from coronavirus in your workplace

Ice cream businesses

Factsheet including information on cleaning and disinfecting food business premises.

Several ice cream businesses have contacted us asking if they can trade.

Following government guidance that food delivery and takeaway can remain operational, we advise businesses to:

  • Take orders and deliver.
  • Follow social distancing measures.
  • Use a vehicle other than an ice cream van to help reduce negative attention from the public.

Businesses are encouraged to take orders via telephone or social media and to trade in a static position for takeaway whilst following strict social distancing measures.

Street trading and use of music/bell is discouraged as this may encourage people to leave their homes and gather socially.

Our food team have been contacting all Chesterfield Borough Council registered ice cream businesses to give advice.

For further advice and guidance, please contact our food team at


Legionella business information

COVID-19 Legionella Business Info PDF (PDF 101 KB)
PHE Food, Water, Environmental Microbiology Services - Important information for organisations that rely on a safe water supply to undertake their business activities PDF (PDF 546 KB)
  • Winter economy plan - 24 September 2020

Last updated on 09 April 2021