FOOD businesses have been given advice after complaints that many are continuing to operate after being told to close.

Dorset Council has produced guidelines as to how takeaway and delivery services can operate safely and is awaiting further advice from the government.

It has stressed that customers must not be allowed to eat the food on the premises.

In a statement, a Dorset Council spokesman said: "All restaurants, pubs and cafés should now be closed but businesses can, and are, looking to diversify into take away and delivery services, and this is being supported by central government.

"We’ve produced guidance for Dorset’s food businesses on how to do this safely, taking account of food hygiene and public health guidance on Covid-19. It has been made clear that takeaway services must not allow people to communally sit at the premises to consume the food purchased.

"We’re awaiting further guidance on the enforcement of this under new emergency Covid-19 powers. Any members of the public who are concerned that food businesses are not complying should contact the Food Safety team on 01305 251010 or