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If you are an existing food business operator seeking advice or guidance, please contact us directly and a Food Safety Officer will be in touch.

Legislation Very Important

1. The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No. 684) require the continued closure of businesses as listed, to protect against the risks to public health from coronavirus. To see the related Government advice go to Gov.UK.

Opening Certain Businesses and Venues on 4 July 2020

The Prime Minister announced further relaxation of the restrictions which come into effect from the 4 July 2020. This means businesses such as Pubs, Restaurants, Hairdressers, Places of Worship, Cinemas, Community Centres, Museums and outdoor amusements can now open from the 4 July, so long as they take measures to prevent the spread of infection. However some premises must remain closed for example these include nightclubs, indoor play areas, beauty salons, tanning studios, skin piercing studios, swimming pools and conference centres. To see the related Government Guidance go to (External link) 

To see prepared local guidance for food businesses go to Guidance (pdf 150 kb) and for Consumers go to Poster (pdf 160 kb).

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Need more information?

Food Safety Service
Public Safety & Regulation
Civic Centre
Newcastle upon Tyne

0191 2787878

Food Standards Agency

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