COVID-19 : Food safety : Advice for food businesses

Guidance and updates for businesses on the COVID-19 response

Restrictions lifted for the beauty and some leisure sectors - workplace guides (updated 13 July)

Following the recent announcement of the lifting of more of the covid-19 restrictions for the beauty and some leisure sectors, the existing workplace guides have been further updated with guidance on reopening.

For any COVID-19 safety queries or concerns, we may be contacted using our environmental services COVID-19 complaints and enquiries online form.


Guidance and updates for residents on the COVID-19

COVID-19 safety concerns in commercial settings (updated 13 July)

For any safety queries or concerns regarding COVID-19 in commercial settings, we may be contacted using our environmental services COVID-19 complaints and enquiries online form.

In open high street shop or premises such as a pubs and other caterers, hairdressers, nail bars and other beauty industry’s or sporting and leisure facilities, examples of issues we would act upon are:

  • Inadequate precautions being taken to keep staff and/or customers safe.
  • Not adhering to social distancing guidelines.
  • Inadequate signage.
  • Inadequate facilities to wash or sanitise hands.

Working safely : shops and branches guidance (updated 2 June)

  • Guidance for people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments.  

Legionella - Re-opening advice for any business during COVID-19 (updated 2 June)

Buildings that have been closed for a number of weeks during COVID-19 have an increased legionella risk.  All business owners, duty holders and food business operators, have a duty to ensure that any risks are identified and controlled before re-opening to staff and customers.

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has produced advice on what you must do to re-open safely.

The Health and Safety Executive has further guidance on managing Legionella.

For any safety queries or concerns, we may be contacted using our environmental services workplace safety online form.

Reopening checklist for food businesses during COVID-19 (updated 22 May)

Food Standards Agency has published a checklist to support businesses to reopen safely during COVID-19 after a period of inaction.

For any food safety queries or concerns, please contact using our environmental services food safety online form.