The government has published guidance for food businesses which may continue to open (such as takeaway services and supermarkets).
This includes information on:
- Maintaining Social Distancing
- Food Hygiene
- Managing Employee Sickness
The full guidance can be found on the Government website.
Additional guidance is also provided by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).
North Lincolnshire Council operates the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS), which is run by local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in partnership with the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
About 1,500 food outlets, such as restaurants, takeaways and pubs are registered with the council and these are inspected regularly by officers from the council’s Food and Safety Team. The officers check food premises to ensure hygiene standards meet legal requirements. When food businesses in North Lincolnshire are inspected by officers they are given one of six ratings. This ranges from zero, at the bottom (which means ‘urgent improvement necessary’) to a top rating of five (‘very good’). The FHRS scheme covers restaurants, cafes, takeaways, hotels, mobile caterers, some shops selling food and all pubs (not just those that serve meals).
For more information go to the FHRS website.
Information for businesses:
To ensure that the scheme is fair to businesses, it has been designed to include a number of safeguards. These are: