Covid-19 food and health & safety information for businesses

National Lockdown

Under the National Lockdown you must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and saves lives.

You should follow the new guidance immediately, and the law will be updated to reflect the new rules.

To reduce social contact, regulations will require some businesses to close and impose restrictions on how some businesses provide goods and services.   

General information on Coronavirus is available at: please note the guidance changes frequently.  

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