Coronavirus food business guidance

The government has ordered non-essential businesses and premises to close. Guidance and a full list can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Local authorities and the police have been given powers to take action against these businesses if they carry on trading.

For more information and to report a business or premises breaking the rules, please contact the Environmental Health Team by email and they will respond to you as soon as possible.

The council understands that many businesses may look to change their business model in order to maintain their business during this time.

The following advice is for those businesses that are looking to make provision for takeaways and deliveries where they have not done so before. 

Scientific advice is that it is very unlikely that coronavirus can be spread through food. If you are changing how you are operating then you should review the additional hazards and ensure you have the correct control measures in place.

A business can only do this if they are registered as a food business with the council.

Official food safety guidance

The Food Standards Agency has provided advice on how to manage food hygiene and allergy for takeaways and food delivery businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

The government has also produced further guidance for other food businesses.

Infection control

You have responsibilities to ensure food handlers are fit for work under the food hygiene regulations. In addition you have a general duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of persons in your employment and members of the public.

Relevant staff must be provided with clear instructions on any infection control policy in place.

The government has issued guidance on coronavirus for employees and businesses.

This guidance is not specific for food businesses, but it does advise that if you have been asked to self-isolate, then you should order by phone or online. Make sure you tell the delivery driver that the items are to be left outside, or as appropriate at your home.

If you are undertaking deliveries, then you should have a system in place whereby customers can notify you that they are self-isolating.