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Takeaways urged to play a part in virus fight

Takeaway businesses across Middlesbrough are being urged to play their part in slowing the spread of coronavirus.

Customers and staff are reminded to stick to four simple rules - which could save lives.

Face coverings
Customers must wear a face covering when inside the premises.

Staff must also wear a face covering where they may come into close contact with customers.

Rule of six
Maximum of six people per group on the premises and groups must be socially distanced.    

Close at 10pm
Customers out, shutters down, lights off by 10pm sharp - although home deliveries and drive-throughs are permitted after 10pm.

Social distancing
Customers must be socially distanced, including groups - queues should be appropriately managed both inside and out.

Judith Hedgley, Middlesbrough Council's Head of Public Protection, said: "It's vital that takeaway operators abide by the new regulations, and that their customers also follow the measures currently in place.

"The rules are there to help businesses keep operating, while ensuring the safety of staff and customers alike - failure to comply can lead to businesses being closed, and fines for those caught breaking the law."

For information and advice email ehts@middlesbrough.gov.uk.

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