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.
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