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, 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

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.

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

Pet business advice

Childcare business advice

Government guidance for childcare settings.  

Social distancing in your premises

Government guidance on returning to work  

Guidance from BSI-British Standards Institute on working safely  

Example social distancing poster 1. 

Example social distancing poster 2. 

Example social distancing poster 3.

Business poster for staying COVID-19 secure 

Guidance on disinfection re coronavirus 

Guidance from the Society of Food Hygiene and Technology 

Government guidance for non-healthcare settings  

Government guidance on use of sanitisers 

Food business advice

Government guidance for food businesses 

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health guidance for Food Delivery and Takeaway  

Food Standards Agency guidance for food deliveries 

Institute of Food Science and Technology - checklist for reopening food businesses 

Protecting employees 

Health and Safety Executive guidance on working safely during the Pandemic 

HSE General guidance on COVID-19 

HSE guidance on communicating with your workers 

HSE guidance on managing risks and risk assessments 

Risk assessment implementation template for COVID-19 for smaller, lower risk businesses 

Latest advice of PPE and face coverings

HSE guidance on use of PPE at work 

Track and Trace for employers 

Government guidance on track and trace

Water systems and Legionella advice

European Society of Clinical Microbiology guidance on reopening 

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health guidance guidance on lockdown and reopening safely 

Trading Standards

BEIS Coronavirus bulletin May 2020

First Aid During Covid-19 Outbreak Information

Health and Safety Executive First Aid guidance for businesses 

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