A NUMBER of city restaurants, pubs and shops have started offering delivery and collection services in response to restrictive measures introduced to tackle the spread of the coronavirus.

Government advice restricting non-essential travel and contact with others will undoubtedly see Worcester’s bars and cafes as well as restaurants and shops suffer from the drop in footfall.

Many businesses have started offering call and collect services, free delivery, takeaway menus and some will carry food to your car boot to avoid contact in a bid to carry on through the coronavirus crisis.

Pubs such as the King’s Head in Sidbury now have a takeaway menu, the Anchor Inn in Diglis is offering a call and collect menu, The Alma Tavern in Droitwich Road is also offering a call and collect service and Bar Twenty Three in New Street is offering to deliver food.

The Blue Bell in Callow End has also started offering a delivery service for food.

Hanbao in Foregate Street and Anatolian Palace in Chapel Walk are offering a collection service and the Olive Branch in Church Street is offering free delivery as well as a collection service.

Burger Shop in Cherry Tree Walk will be delivering food via Deliveroo and the Swan in Whittington is also offering a call and collect service.

Hop Lords in Pump Street will deliver its selection of beers, TripelB in Copenhagen Street is offering discount on some of its beers when collected and Arch Rivals in Infirmary Walk is offering free delivery.

Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe in Worcester’s High Street has made parcels for collection and which can also be posted.

Butchers M and M Meats in St Swithin’s St and H. Dayus Family Butchers in St John's are both offering delivery for those in self-isolation.

Fred’s of Worcester in The Tything has a takeaway and delivery service, Wayland’s Yard in Foregate Street is also offering a takeaway menu and Clockwatchers in Mealcheapen Street is running a call and collect service, as is Fuego Pizza in Foregate Street.

Cllr Adrian Gregson, deputy leader of Worcester City Council, said he welcomed businesses using deliveries and collections as a way of boosting trade during the crisis but only if the advice on avoiding contact where possible was adhered to.

"As long as these businesses are following the rules then I do not have a problem with it and indeed I would welcome it," he said.