Covid-19 food and health & safety information for businesses

Reporting a Covid-19 outbreak 

Government advice on managing a Covid-19 outbreak has recently been released from Public Health England (PHE). It provides information for individuals running a business on how to recognise and report cases of coronavirus occurring which may be linked to staff and/or customers. For information visit Reporting outbreaks of coronavirus where you will find the procedure explained and a link to action cards holding detailed information you will need to refer to. Each action card explains who should use the information, what you need to do to manage a possible outbreak, guidelines to prevent the spread of covid-19, information PHE may require of you, actions you may need to put in place and links to more information.   

If you want to go straight to sector specific information and visit the action cards which cover a range of businesses and settings including -  commercial workplaces, consumer workplaces, education, food & drink, industrial workplaces, institutions, residential, small and large gatherings and travel, an overview can be seen at: Reporting an outbreak - overview  and under the resources tab you can view the action cards directly.

Has your business recently reopened? Register here

To help us to help you, we are collecting information on which businesses are planning to open on what date. To let us know you can easily register this information by completing our simple webform at. On completion you can access our website resource and if necessary request further advice. The webform can be accessed via the following link ( Please be aware that we will be prioritising requests, but that where assistance is required an officer will be in touch as soon as possible.

Safety information for businesses reopening in July 2020

Following the recent government announcement a number of businesses are being allowed to reopen to trade from early July. Use the link below to view sector guidance - information specific to your business at: It is important when you reopen that you trade safely to protect the public and your employees. The following information informs you what you need to know and do.

You are likely to ask – what do we need to do to reopen and trade safely? - the sector guidance, as above, provides specific safety advice for your business and following on from this the key task for you is to risk assess your business to manage the risk of coronavirus in your workplace. View “Working safely during the covid-19 outbreak” at this document explains how to complete a risk assessment, provide information to employees, making your workplace Covid secure, protecting certain groups of people and cleaning, hygiene and hand sanitising.

When you have read the sector guidance and completed your risk assessment, having taken all reasonable precautions you may want to complete the following document:  Five steps to safer working together

Advice on face coverings 

Barbershops and hairdressers - safety information for reopening from 4th July

Guidance for barbershops and hairdressers has been created from government and related professional organisations advising reopening businesses on safely and what you need to do, carrying out a risk assessment, use of PPE and managing social distancing. Please click the following link for more information.

Recording staff, customer & visitor details
In order to support NHS test and trace the following sectors fall within the scope of the guidance: 
  • hospitality, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés 
  • tourism and leisure, including hotels, museums, cinemas, zoos and theme parks 
  • close contact services, including hairdressers, barbershops and tailors.

Reopening your food business safely 

Please find following, a variety of links to external guidance, resources and contact details relating to coronavirus (COVID-19). 

It is recommended you check these sites on a regular basis as they are updated frequently.  

Reopening and adapting your food business during Covid 19 

Reopening checklist for food businesses during Covid 19 

Community cooking and food bank advice during COVID 19 

Food delivery and takeaway guidance 

Guidance for food businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19)  

Guidance for consumers on coronavirus (COVID-19) 


COVID-19 signage for businesses,

including limiting the number of customers entering shops, maintain 2m distance when queuing outside and in the shop, keep a 2m distance at all times.


Legionnaires’ Disease 

Legionnaires’ Disease: Lockdown risks and reopening safely 

Managing the risks from Legionella in building water systems during periods of non- occupancy 

Managing the risk from Legionella in swimming pools, spas and other leisure facilities 

Safe Management of Water Systems in Buildings During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Advice Letter on Maintaining Drinking Water Quality When Reinstating Water Supplies 


Risk Assessments 

Employers are 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  include COVID-19.

Find out about doing a COVID risk assessment at 

Working safely during coronavirus(COVID-19)  updated 15th June 2020,  

Working Safely during COVID-19 in Shops and branches updated 14th June 2020 

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

Guidance on premises which are permitted to open and those that must for now remain closed  : updated 15th June 2020

Covid-19 and Guidance for Retail Food Businesses

Covid-19 infection is very contagious and can spread 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.

Additional Information Sources

[Acknowledging information from various sources including East Lindsey District Council]
Covid-19 food safety information for businesses