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Coronavirus: Guidance for food businesses looking to operate during COVID-19 pandemic

9 July 2020


Reopening and adapting your food business during COVID-19

Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published new guidance for food businesses looking to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The guidance offers practical information and advice to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely in the food sector, specifically:

  • farming and agriculture
  • food manufacturers
  • restaurants and takeaways

The guidance covers a range of areas, including social distancing, cleaning and staff training. It outlines the hygiene processes and requirements food businesses must follow as they develop new ways of working. It also provides an easy to use checklist for restaurants and takeaways planning to reopen.

See guidance for food businesses looking to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new guidance should be read in conjunction with sector guidance for social distancing in the workplace and the general advice for food businesses.

The FSA advises that it remains very unlikely that people can catch COVID-19 from food. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness and not known to be transmitted by exposure to food or food packaging.

Should businesses need to close their operations quickly in response to local outbreaks, the FSA has added guidance on undertaking a rapid shut-down in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). The guidance sets out the steps that businesses may need to consider from a food hygiene perspective and gives practical advice on the shut-down process.


First published 13 May 2020