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Get the latest government advice about coronavirus. Advice for local residents and business can be found on our coronavirus information page.

Coronavirus - Food safety advice takeaway/delivery

During this time you should look at your procedures to make sure you have considered extra hazards linked to takeaway and delivery.

What to consider?

  • your menu. Which items are suitable for takeaway and delivery?
  • check insurance for you and your delivery staff, for example, does your car insurance allow the vehicle being used for deliveries to be used for 'business purposes'?
  • think about how you are going to process the food orders, for example, are you cooking and cooling in advance or cooking to order?
  • food containers must be used for food only. They must be clean and in good condition
  • how are you going to carry out the delivery to maintain temperature control and stop cross-contamination? You may need insulated boxes, with separate boxes for cold and hot food items
  • make sure the vehicles used to deliver the food are clean
  • you have a duty of care to your employees so you must consider any additional risks to them, for example, driving risks, handling money and infection control

Further information

Visit the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health for detailed food delivery and takeaway advice

Visit to find out how to make your business Covid-19 safe.

You may also want to read our financial help for businesses section for support.