The government has announced that on 4 July 2020, it will commence the third stage of its plan to ease the ‘lockdown’ restrictions implemented in England due to COVID-19. Following the re-opening of ‘non-essential retail shops’  in stage two, this third stage will involve the re-opening of restaurants, pubs and bars as well as hairdressers, cinemas, museums and outdoor gyms.

Every restaurant, bar and pub must carry out a risk assessment addressing the risks of COVID-19 and proposing sensible measures to control those risks. Whilst the steps that need to be taken will vary depending on the size, location and nature of the business, the government has issued guidance on how to safely re-open bars, pubs and restaurants. We have set out below some of the key issues that venues should consider when planning for their re-opening. The guidance is specific to England, but the principles may also be of use to establishments offering food and beverages in other jurisdictions.

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Photo of Richard Welfare Richard Welfare

Partner, London

Richard Welfare focuses on regulatory compliance work within the Commercial Law practice area.  Richard works with manufacturing companies to ensure that they comply with legislation and regulatory frameworks, including requirements governing product composition, labeling, packaging and claims, rules relating to advertising…

Partner, London

Richard Welfare focuses on regulatory compliance work within the Commercial Law practice area.  Richard works with manufacturing companies to ensure that they comply with legislation and regulatory frameworks, including requirements governing product composition, labeling, packaging and claims, rules relating to advertising and marketing campaigns and other key considerations when launching a product in the EU/UK. Richard has helped clients resolve issues with UK enforcement authorities, including Trading Standards, the ASA (Advertising), MHRA (Medical Devices) and the FSA (Food).

Richard has worked with in-house counsel and corporate affairs teams to design and implement public affairs programs and targeted communication strategies, and has worked with companies to design safety programs, following safety or product quality crises.

Richard advises clients on the contracting arrangements, providing commercial support to in-house teams. He works on a variety of contracts including those for supply, co-manufacturing, distribution, logistics, warehousing, agency and general trading terms. Richard also represents companies in the appointment of celebrities for advertising or endorsement campaigns and major sponsorship opportunities.

Photo of Josefine Crona Josefine Crona

Associate, London

Josefine Crona is a member of the Hogan Lovells Commercial team and advises on a wide variety of commercial and regulatory matters, ranging from multi-jurisdictional product launches to day to day contracting arrangements to strategic retail development projects.

Josefine works with…

Associate, London

Josefine Crona is a member of the Hogan Lovells Commercial team and advises on a wide variety of commercial and regulatory matters, ranging from multi-jurisdictional product launches to day to day contracting arrangements to strategic retail development projects.

Josefine works with clients to help them navigate the legal and regulatory requirements that apply at all stages of the product life cycle, including rules relating to product composition and labelling, health claims, and advertising and marketing activities. Josefine also has experience in helping companies resolve enforcement issues and work with UK authorities such as Trading Standards.

Josefine regularly advises on a range of commercial contracting arrangements, including sponsorship, consultancy, manufacturing, supply, warehousing and services agreements.

Josefine has a particular focus on the consumer, retail and food sectors and has completed virtual secondments with two global food and beverage manufacturers.

Photo of Jessica Thompson Jessica Thompson

Associate, London

Jessica Thompson advises on a range of commercial and regulatory matters, with a particular interest in the consumer, retail and food sectors.

Jessica advises on a variety of strategic and day-to-day contractual arrangements. Her experience includes drafting and negotiating manufacturing, supply…

Associate, London

Jessica Thompson advises on a range of commercial and regulatory matters, with a particular interest in the consumer, retail and food sectors.

Jessica advises on a variety of strategic and day-to-day contractual arrangements. Her experience includes drafting and negotiating manufacturing, supply, distribution, services, e-commerce, agency, collaboration, licensing and sponsorship agreements.

Jessica also helps clients navigate the legal and regulatory requirements that apply to their products, providing practical, solution-driven advice on rules relating to product composition and labelling, and advertising and marketing activities.