Coronavirus (COVID-19): Reopening Businesses and Food Safety

Re-opening your business

As guidance is changing rapidly, every effort is being made to keep this advice page and the links up to date. Please return to this page frequently over the coming days and weeks.

To help businesses re-open their premises and manage the many risks that will present we have collaborated with partners across the South West to help you with that proccess. The Heart of the South West - Growth Hub web site has been chosen as the location to collate the BBFA COVID-19 Toolkit; a comprehensive resource of guidance, model procedures, templates and useful checklists to help business owners protect staff, customers and themselves. 

This link and the COVID-19 Tool Kit button below will take you to the: Heart of the South West - Growth Hub COVID-19 Support for Business. The pages will open in a new window.


BBFA COVID-19 Tool kit


Food safety for businesses 

(9th July) The latest Goverment advice for food businesses is here:  Guidance for food businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Further advice for restaurants and takeaways, food manufacturers and farming including toolkits are available from the Food Standards Agency here: Reopening or adapting your food business during COVID-19 


Food safety advice for community groups and volunteers 

Please see our new Volunteers and communites page, including latest reopening Community Halls guidance:

Volunteer and community food



Hygiene and food safety

Our training team are currently offering increased support to wider essential Council services during this time. We are still offering our full range of online training courses through our partner Highfield Online Learning. However due to current pressures, training access requests may take longer to process. Food safety online courses are available on our hygiene and food safety courses page.

Our classroom and invigilated examination services have been suspended untill further notice.