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COVID-19 Guidance for Food Business Operators and Their Employees

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Summary

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. As of 18 June 2020 we have moved into Phase 2, and food service/catering businesses permitted to open continue to be restricted to those in the ‘Food to Go’ sector, including take-away, delivery and drive through services. A further announcement is expected in the coming weeks regarding plans for the re-opening of pubs and restaurants, at which time we will update our guidance to reflect the measures that are appropriate for these businesses. In the meantime, businesses in the hospitality sector in Scotland which are planning to re-open should refer to relevant guidance produced by Scottish Government, and UK Hospitality (Scotland).

Our guidance has been produced with input from the food industry and Trade Unions and reflects the most up to date advice from Scottish and UK Government and Health Protection Scotland. 

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.

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