C-19 Environmental Health

Food Safety

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

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.

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

Animal Welfare

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 Secure

Guidance on disinfection re coronavirus 

The Society of food hygiene and technology guide to cleaning and disinfection regime with regard to novel 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 

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

Trading Standards

BEIS Coronavirus bulletin May 2020

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 

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