Coronavirus (COVID-19) - how it is affecting our services

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.

Proposed Pavements Licence

Following the recent Government announcement that pubs, cafes and restaurants can re-open from Saturday 4 July, some new legislation is being proposed to allow outlets to have outdoor seating areas where they can serve food and drinks or customers can sit to enjoy a drink they have purchased.

The proposed Pavements Licence is likely to be available for businesses to apply for from later this month subject to the proposed new law being in place.

When the legislation has been approved, local businesses will be able to apply for a licence online via the council’s website. Applications will then aim to be processed in a maximum of 14 days. Keep checking the council’s website and social media channels for further updates on this as we will communicate further information when we have it.

In the meantime, if you have any questions please contact the council’s licensing team on or call 01246 345230.

Government information

Latest news

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

Eat Out to Help Out
The Government will introduce an Eat Out to Help Out discount scheme. This will provide a 50% reduction for sit-down meals in cafes, restaurants and pubs across the UK from Monday to Wednesday every week throughout August 2020.

VAT cut for Hospitality
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 premises, food busine

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)

Last updated on 09 July 2020