COVID-19 Guidance for Food Business Operators and Their Employees
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Our guidance for food business operators (FBOs) and their employees is aimed to assist the food and drink sector in following government guidance on infection prevention and control measures against COVID-19. Please note we have updated this document since it was first published on 2 April. The guidance has been adapted to reflect Scottish Government’s COVID-19 Framework for Decision Making (Scotlands Route Map through and Out of the Crisis). It describes measures for preventing the spread of COVID-19 which should be applied by food manufacturing, processing and retail, as well as those food service and catering businesses which are permitted to operate in accordance with the Scottish Government routemap- which is currently restricted to the ‘Food to Go’ sector, including take-away, delivery and drive through services. The updated guidance also includes feedback from the food industry and the latest advice from Scottish and UK Government and Health Protection Scotland. It aims to provide further clarification on the application of physical distancing requirements, cleaning and disinfection procedures and how government advice on facemasks and face coverings applies to food businesses.
To accompany the guidance, we have developed a risk assessment tool which will help food businesses plan to re-start as lockdown restrictions are relaxed. It will also assist those which are already operating to review the steps they have taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 whilst ensuring food safety. The tool provides a way of allowing all FBOs to document the measures they have taken, and demonstrate that these are being maintained on an on-going basis to ensure their staff and customers are protected from the risks of COVID-19. A checklist is also available to support the risk assessment which summarises the key areas that need to be assessed when restarting your business, and will help managers to communicate with staff on the measures that need to be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In addition to these documents, we have also developed a practical guide aimed at addressing the specific challenges faced by small businesses in the take-away sector in preventing the spread of COVID-19. This includes model notices that can be used to communicate to customers the social distancing requirements at their premises.
Our guidance package will be reviewed on an on-going basis in line with Scottish Government’s review of lockdown restrictions, and the re-opening of other businesses during later phases of the routemap, as well as emerging evidence and changes to public health advice.
- COVID-19 – Guidance for food business operators and their employees (29 May 2020) PDF (749KB)
- COVID-19 Guidance for food businesses in the takeaway sector PDF (447KB)
- Food Business Poster COVID-19 - Take-away and delivery info PDF (207KB)
- Food Business Poster COVID-19 - Social distancing PDF (37KB)
- Food Business Poster COVID-19 - congregating outside premises info PDF (205KB)
- Risk assessment tool for restarting food business operations during COVID-19 PDF (280KB)
- FSS COVID-19 summary checklist for restarting food businesses PDF (372KB)