Pubs will still be able to sell food for delivery and takeaway while closed to the public, the government has confirmed to The Morning Advertiser.

The confirmation follows a day confusion about the guidance, which included little specific details on what pubs were and were not allowed to do.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said pubs could offer hot food takeaway and delivery services for up to 12 months.

Only pubs that have on off-sale license can sells alcohol for takeaway or delivery.

Operators must maintain social distancing rules, and ensure there is a distance of two metres between each customer and member of staff, let people enter the site only in small numbers to avoid crowding and ensure queue control outside of the pub.

The closures announced on Friday are enforceable by law in England and Wales, and businesses that stay open will be breaking the law.

The Government relaxed planning rules last week to allow pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways for hot food and drinks to serve people at home.