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, further Covid-19 food business guidance and the Food Standards Agency Here to help food businesses campaign also contains useful resources
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
Rule of 6 Regulations
Businesses are now required to enforce 'rule of 6' regulations with authorities given powers to control gatherings in premises breaking the rule of 6 and powers to enforce social distancing in seating areas under The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Obligations of Hospitality Undertakings) (England) Regulations 2020
More information is also available on working safely during coronavirus and regulations relating to collection of contact details and related requirements.
Businesses are also encouraged to adopt customer check-in procedures involving the use of business specific QR code posters which users can use in conjunction with the NHS track and trace app to reduce the use of paper information slips.
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.
Reporting an outbreak
Please follow the Public Health England workplace guidance for businesses needing to report an outbreak
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