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

The National Lockdown: Stay at Home restrictions have changed from 8 March with the start of Step 1 of the Government roadmap out of Lockdown. For details of the Steps and guidance relating to your business see the Governments guidance page here: Covid -19 Response - Spring 2021

Keeping workplaces safe

As COVID-19 controls have been amended to meet the current situation our toolkit has been amended. We now have two toolkits to help your business plan its way through an isolated closedown or future lockdown should this occur. 

If you are planning to re-open your business over the coming weeks please refer to our checklist and toolkit to ensure you reopen safely. 

The toolkits are located on the Heart of the South West Growth Hub pages and accessible through the buttons below.  

COVID-19 Re-opening following a closure checklist and toolkit

The second toolkit has been refreshed to focus on keeping workers safe during the coronavirus outbreak. If you are making changes to how you work due to the lockdown you should review your current risk assessment. In particular, if more workers will be working from home or changing their job roles

COVID-19 Risk Assessment Tool kit

Food safety for businesses 

The latest Government 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 Volunteers and communities food page, including the latest reopening Community Halls guidance:

Hygiene and food safety

Our training team is 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 until further notice.