Covid-19 food and health & safety information for businesses

Coronavirus restrictions remain in place across the country. In England:

  • Only socialise indoors with people you live with or who are in your support bubble
  • Up to 6 people or 2 households can meet outside
  • Work from home if you can and minimise travel
  • If you have symptoms get a test and stay at home

Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed on 12 April. However, many restrictions remain in place.

From 12 April:

  • non-essential retail can reopen
  • personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen, including those provided from a mobile setting
  • public buildings such as libraries and community centres can reopen
  • outdoor hospitality venues can reopen, with table service only
  • most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) can reopen
  • some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds can take place
  • indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
  • all childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
  • weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events can take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens
  • self-contained accommodation can stay open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
  • care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)
  • you should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the amount that you travel where possibleThe Government has announced a roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions in England.

General information on Coronavirus is available at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus please note the guidance changes frequently.  

Road Map – step by step plan to ease restrictions in England

The UK Government have published guidance on the step-by-step approach to ease restrictions in England cautiously, the information below maybe useful in your planning for re-opening / trading post lockdown.

Step 1 - 29 March 2021 (Easter) only take away and click and collect services can open. Outdoor sports and leisure facilities can open, and the public can gather in groups of 6 or two households outdoors. 

Step 2 - 12 April 2021 will see the re-opening of outdoor hospitability, outdoor attractions, self-contained holiday accommodation, all retail sites, indoor leisure (gyms) and personal care (hair, beauty and tattooing etc).

Step 3 -17 May 2021 will see further easing of restrictions including accommodation including camping site / hostels etc. with shared facilities

Step 4 - 21 June 2021 no legal limits on social contact, nightclubs and larger events can open.

Please note these are the government’s hopes to ease restrictions and are subject to review before introduction. Also please check the road map guidance at www.gov.uk for clarity on your specific business activity and note the dates above may change

Businesses preparing to re-open should consider:

Social distancing outside
please consider the public queuing indoors and outside your premises for re-opening especially within popular tourist locations also consider litter associated with your premises. People queuing inside should wear a face covering unless they are exempt. A businesses responsibility does not stop at the front door / shop front, it includes ensuring the safety of people queuing on the street waiting to access your premises, and or customers gathering outside your premises eating foodstuff.

Outdoor seating / hospitality - premises can open their outside space for the public from the 12 April 2021, this activity will need to be covid secure, however please also think about the public parking vehicles to use your premises, and the effects of outdoor hospitality for local residents generally, (Noise, Music etc). If your activities relate to a public space you may need to apply for a Pavement Licence https://www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/services-business/licensing/pavement-licences

Covid restrictions – the Government has not yet confirmed what covid restrictions will apply when hospitality opens outdoors such as recording test and trace information. Once this information is confirmed this webpage will be updated. The Gov.uk website includes the latest guidance available at:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19 

Marquees, gazebos and beer tents – if you’re planning to provide outside hospitality under a marquee, gazebo, beer tent or other temporary structures, then you should ensure the structure is 50% open to allow for ventilation, and is erected safely, further information is available from the HSE: https://www.hse.gov.uk/event-safety/temporary-demountable-structures.htm

Camping, Caravanning and Holiday Accommodation

Countryside Code - the local tourist / leisure industry will attract visitors from around the UK to the Derbyshire Dales. Therefore please promote the Countryside Code so everyone visiting the area is safe and enjoys their visit to the local area.

Disposable BBQs pose a risk of wild fires and carbon monoxide for campers https://www.derbys-fire.gov.uk/campaigns/firestoppers

Open water swimming - can be dangerous  if your site is near open water please review the Water Safety Code available at  https://www.derbys-fire.gov.uk/safety/water-safety/open-water Please contact the fire service if you would like further advice or materials to display.

Fire safety - as your business starts to operate again there are some key Fire Safety matters for you to consider. It may be necessary for you to review your fire risk assessment to ensure it is correct and reflects the way your business now operates. Should you need any help or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact your Business Safety Advisor at BSA@derbys-fire.gov.uk

Risk Assessments 

Business and venues that are permitted to stay open must follow Covid-19 secure guidelines. Businesses providing essential goods and services can remain open. Every employer is legally required to do what is “reasonably practicable” to protect their staff and members of the public.  If you have fewer than five employees you do not have to write anything down.  All businesses must identify and control the risks in their workplace, using sensible measures and this includes COVID-19.

Find out about doing a COVID risk assessment 

Working safely during coronavirus(COVID-19) updated 1 December 2020  

Working Safely during COVID-19 in Shops and branches updated 5 November 2020 

For the latest information and advice from the Health and Safety Executive, COVID-19 Helpline Telephone Number: 0300 790 6787 

Covid-19 and Guidance for Retail Food Businesses

Check the government Covid-19 guidance for food businesses

Covid-19 infection is very contagious and can spread from person to person in air and by a person touching a contaminated surface. As a business you can take the following practical steps to minimise the risks to yourself, your staff and customers from becoming ill.

  • Social Distancing - keeping a 2m distance between people should reduce the risk of passing the virus from an infected person to another person. There are a number of ways this can be achieved – More information is contained within this link 
  • Personal Hygiene, Hand Washing and Protecting Staff - it is important that staff can wash their hands easily and effectively with adequate facilities especially after coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose. Staff should wear clean clothing which is changed daily – More information is contained within this link 
  • Managing Your Procedures - document your procedures so staff are clear about how you intend to operate. Checks should ensure your in-store notices/posters and separation markers are in place and you have adequate facilities for staff hand washing and protective equipment (PPE) is available – More information is contained within this link 
  • Business Daily Checklist – example of business opening and operating checklist to ensure hand washing and hygiene standards are met, social distancing precautions are in place – More information is contained within this link 
  • Examples of Retail Outlet Advice Posters – More information is contained within this link

 Additional Information Sources

[Acknowledging information from various sources including East Lindsey District Council]

Covid-19 food safety information for businesses