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17 March 2020

Government says it will relax planning rules, allowing pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways during the outbreak

Introduced by

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Targeted at

Pubs and restaurants


Confirmed on 17 March 2020. Relaxation will 'be introduced as soon as possible and will apply for a limited period'

Stated aims

To enable pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways for people having to stay at home


The government confirms regulations will be relaxed to enable businesses to deliver hot food takeaway services without a planning application.


Gov.uk press release