No reported cases of COVID-19 have been linked to contaminated food. The main risk to shoppers is coming into contact with an infected person. You are urged to wash your hands frequently, maintain good hygiene practices and minimise contact with people outside of your household. The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has produced quick guide to safe shopping which will help you to stay safe and protect others when shopping for essentials.
Take-away food traders
Following new Government restrictions placed on public houses, restaurants, cafes etc during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you may be considering diversifying your food business to provide food from your normal menu or new dishes for delivery or takeaway.
The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has issued guidance to ensure you trade safely. It should be used in conjunction with, and to supplement your own food safety management procedures, for example Safer Food Better Business (SFBB), and any hygiene and cleaning procedures you have developed based on public health guidance on coronavirus. If you do not use SFBB, your food safety management system should be updated accordingly.
There is also information on the Government’s food guidance website.
Specific Guidance for Businesses Re-opening
- Close contact services (including hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers)
- Factories, plants and warehouse
- Hotels and other guest accommodation
- Offices and contact centres
- Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaways
- Shops and branches
- The visitor economy
Businesses closed and exceptions
The Government has produced a table of businesses and venues that must not open to the public along with any exceptions.
The UK government, in consultation with industry, has released its ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. The new guidance covers 8 workplace settings which are allowed to be open, from outdoor environments and construction sites to factories and takeaways. This sets out practical steps for businesses focused on 5 key points, which should be implemented as soon as it is practical.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) checklist for businesses - The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 require the closure of particular businesses. Restrictions are also imposed on businesses which are permitted to remain open. It is important that we all follow the government guidelines to limit the spread of coronavirus. Where workplaces are open precautions need to be taken to reduce risks to both the workers and the public. This checklist will help you to put in place measures in your workplace to keep both employees and customers safe.
The following frequently asked questions are taken from Government guidance published on 31 March for owners of pets or livestock. This includes information for businesses and farmers. The full guidance can be read here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-people-with-animals
Additional Useful Business Links
Pet Business Advice
Childcare Business Advice
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020/actions-for-education-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020. Government Guidance for childcare settings.
Social Distancing in your premises
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19 Government Guidance on returning to work, this link will then lead onto the 8 different scenarios.
https://www.bsigroup.com/en-GB/topics/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-guidelines/ Additional guidance on working safely from BSI-British Standards Institute
https://www.cieh.org/media/4183/covid-19-poster_1.pdf Link to example of poster ref Social Distancing
https://www.cieh.org/media/4181/covid-19-poster_2.pdf Link to example of poster ref Social Distancing
https://www.cieh.org/media/4182/covid-19-poster_3.pdf Link to example of poster ref Social Distancing
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5eb97021d3bf7f5d43765cbf/staying-covid-19-secure-accessible.pdf Business Poster for staying COVID-19 Secur
Guidance on Disinfection Re: Coronavirus
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings Government Guidance for general cleaning.
https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/hand-sanitiser-surface-disinfectant-coronavirus.htm HSE Guidance-Use of Sanitisers.
Food Business Advice
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-food-businesses/guidance-for-food-businesses-on-coronavirus-covid-19 Government Guidance for food businesses.
https://www.cieh.org/media/4070/covid-19-food-delivery-and-takeaway-guidance.pdf CIEH Guidance for Food Delivery and Takeaway.
https://www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/food-safety-for-food-delivery FSA Guidance for food deliveries.
https://www.ifst.org/sites/default/files/IFST%20Food%20business%20restart%20checklist%2007MAY2020.pdf Institute of Food Science + Technology Ideas for re-opening a food business checklist.
Protecting Employees during COVID
https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/assets/docs/working-safely-guide.pdf HSE Guidance on working safely during the Pandemic
https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/coronavirus.htm?utm_source=hse.gov.uk&utm_medium=refferal&utm_campaign=coronavirus&utm_content=home-page-banner HSE General Guidance page on COVID 19
https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/assets/docs/talking-with-your-workers.pdf HSE Guidance-Communicating with your workers
https://www.hse.gov.uk/simple-health-safety/risk/index.htm HSE Guidance -Managing Risk and Risk Assessments at Work
Risk assessment implementation template for COVID-19 - Aimed at smaller, lower risk businesses
Latest advice of PPE and face coverings
https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/using-ppe-at-work-coronavirus.htm HSE Guidance- Use of PPE at work during the pandemic
Track and Trace for Employers
Water Systems and Legionella Advice
https://www.escmid.org/fileadmin/src/media/PDFs/3Research_Projects/ESGLI/COVId_buidling_water_system_guidance_27_3_20_v4_DS.pdf Guidance for re-opening with respect to water systems and Legionella from European Society of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.cieh.org/media/4208/legionella-guidance-covid-19.pdf CIEH guidance on lockdown risks and re-opening safely ref Legionella
First Aid During Covid-19 Outbreak Information
https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/first-aid-certificate-coronavirus.htm?utm_source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=coronavirus&utm_term=first-aid-image&utm_content=digest-4-jun-20 HSE First Aid guidance for businesses