COVID19 Information for food business
13th July 2020
From 25th July 2020 more businesses and venues may reopen.
A full list, in addition to those that must remain closed are detailed in the following link: COVID-19: The full list of businesses that must remain closed until further notice (and exemptions to this rule) can be found here
Additional Guidance to assist the catering and hospitality industry can be found in the following links:
COVID-19: Guidance for the re-opening of Pubs, Bars, Clubs, Restaurants, Cafes & Takeaways can be found here.
COVID-19: Pre-Opening Check List for licensed premises ahead of 4th July 2020 can be found here.
COVID-19: Hospitality Industry FAQ's About Re-opening Pubs, Bars, Clubs, Restaurants, Cafes & Takeaways can be found here.
COVID-19: Guidance for the re-opening of the Accommodation Sector can be found here
COVID-19: What Government financial support packages are available to you can be found here.
COVID-19: Ashfield District Council business support packages can be found here.
From 4th July 2020 all businesses and venues may reopen, except for those listed below, which remain closed in law (until further notice) (the latest Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020 can be found here), and a guide to what this actually all means to affected businesses can be found here:
- Bowling alleys and Indoor skating rinks
- Indoor play areas including soft-play
- Nail bars, beauty salons and tanning salons
- Massage, tattoo and piercing parlours
- Indoor fitness and dance studios, and indoor gyms and sports venues/facilities
- Swimming pools including water parks
- Exhibition or conference centres must remain closed for events such as exhibitions or conferences.
COVID-19: The full list of businesses that must remain closed until further notice (and exemptions to this rule) can be found here.
COVID-19: HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY FAQS AHEAD OF RE-OPENING ON 04.07.2020 CAN BE FOUND HERE.
From 06:00 hours on 4th July 2020 Pubs, Bars, Clubs, Restaurants, Cafes, etc have been allowed to re-open subject to them having completed a Covid-19 Health & Safety Risk Assessment - click here to access the simple HSE Risk Assessment. To assist the Trade the Government is introducing the BUSINESS & PLANNING BILL - and a very brief but hopefully "to the point" summary of this is provided below to assist businesses understand what they can / need to do:
- From the date the bill becomes an Act at some point during July 2020 until 30.09.2021: All establishments that have a Premises Licence or Club Premises Certificate that permits the on-sale of alcohol will automatically be treated as having been "temporarily varied" to allow off-sales of alcohol (i.e. the consumption of alcohol off the premises either in the outdoor spaces within the curtilage of the premises or to take away and drink elsewhere) until 30.09.2021 (you will need to then apply to vary the licence to retain such permission) unless such an application for "off-sales" has been refused in the last 3 years. We would expect licence holders to take what steps are necessary to prevent public nuisances, noise disturbances and anti-social behaviour, and to work together to prevent those who cause problems from causing similar problems at other premises.
- From the date the bill becomes an Act at some point during July 2020: Establishments will be able to apply for a "Temporary Pavement Licence" to put tables and chairs on the highway - this is to encourage outdoor eating and drinking in order to maximise the potential for maintaining social distancing. Temporary Pavement Licences can be applied for from Ashfield District Council by visiting our dedicated Temporary Pavement Licences web page - and the process will take 14 days commencing from the first day after the Council receives the application (7 days for consultation, and 7 days for the Council to then determine the application after the consultation closes). The Temporary Pavement Licence Scheme will last until 30.09.2021.
- From 04.07.2020: Indoor eating and drinking will be permitted, subject to it being by way of table service only (so no waiting / queuing at the bar area). However licensees and their staff will need to ensure that the layout of their internal areas promotes social distancing requirements (2 metres is preferable, but if not possible then at least 1 metre is required).
- From 04.07.2020: Customers will need to "sign-in" when they arrive (these records must be kept for 21 day), so licensees will need to put measures in place to record names and contact details of customers. This is so that if there are Covid-19 outbreaks, the tracing, tracking and testing of persons can be achieved. Guidance on what to ask for, how long to keep the data, and what to do when erasing it can be found here.
- We have provided a 20 point guide briefly explaining what you must do to ensure that your venue operates in a COVID-19 Safe way - and we hope this helps you to better understand the basic requirements of the actual Government Guidance.
Please find another government Covid19 update - 24th June 2020- which relates specifically to the food industry, including restaurants, cafes and pubs.
This new guidance applies to any food preparation or service setting where food and drink is sold for consumption at venues or for takeaway or delivery. For example:
- beer gardens
- food to go
- social and similar clubs operating as bars and restaurants
- mobile catering and contact catering or
- similar environments where food and drink is purchased and consumed at a venue in their indoor or outdoor areas or offered for takeaway or delivery
This guidance also considers entertainment in restaurants, pubs and bars and similar venues where food or drink is served, provided they meet current government criteria for safe reopening.
The guidance talks about risk, and how to assess them and then manage them and offers some solutions. Ie. Ordering recommendations for food and drinks,
- no standing at bars,
- staff deliver to customers at tables,
- installing screens,
- back to back seating,
- partitions between tables,
- tables further apart (one metre or more)
- recommended disposable menus,
- removing condiments from tables and introducing sachets (single use)
- Keeping doors open to reduce people touching contact surfaces and
- Regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.
As mentioned in previous guidance: all this must be documented in a covid19 risk assessment – Information on producing a risk assessment can be found here: https://www.hse.gov.uk/simple-health-safety/risk/risk-assessment-template-and-examples.htm
The Food Standards Agency web site has advice also: https://www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/adapting-restaurants-and-food-businesses-for-takeaway-and-food-delivery-during-covid-19
A good document Keeping workers and customers safe during COVID-19 in restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services aimed at the food operator can be found here latest guidance
In addition to all this. Further important changes have been agreed surrounding outdoor seating to encourage people to use our premises and get our economy going again.
From 4th July 2020 through to the 9th September 2020 all premises that have a license that permits the sale of alcohol on and within their premises will automatically receive a variation to that license so they can sell alcohol as an “off-sales” (i.e. the consumption of alcohol off the premises - in the outdoor spaces within the curtilage of the premises or to take away and drink elsewhere) - unless such an application for "off-sales" has been refused in the last 3 years. (the latter would be a licensing enforcement function to check)
From 4th July 2020 to 9th September 2020, premises can also apply for a "Pavement Licence" to put tables and chairs on the highway - this is to encourage outdoor eating and drinking in order to maximise the potential for maintaining social distancing.
Pavement Licences can be applied for through Nottinghamshire County Council at the following web page: https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/transport/licences-permits/pavement-cafe-licence
NOTE: There is no charge for such an application and turn around for such an application is around 5 working days, although may be longer due to higher demand at this time.