Reopening checklist for food businesses during COVID19
Hospitality reopening guidance [UPDATED]
The government finally has released its guidance for restaurants, hotels, accommodation and leisure businesses reopening from 4 July.
We have to Keep in mind that health leaders warn UK must urgently prepare for a second wave after PM gives the hospitality the go-ahead.
The advice is around social distancing for workers, cleaning, PPE, face-covering and managing patrons.
The report encourages the use of contactless ordering. You can download the report here
Table service must be minimised therefore staff contact with customers must be limited. Indoor table service must be used where possible. Outdoor table service should also be encouraged, although customers are permitted to stand outside if distanced properly.
Bar or counter service is not possible, operators should prevent a patron from remaining at the bar or counter after ordering, but unfortunately in the UK, it may be a challenge.
A checklist to support food businesses to reopen safely during COVID-19 after a period of inaction.
If you are reopening your food business after a period of closure you will require some extra checks alongside your ‘normal’ daily opening checks.
These will help to make sure that your business can restart safely. You will need of course maintain your basic hygiene standards and recognise the areas where greater attention will be required.
A review of your Food Safety Management System should be undertaken to identify risks to be recorded in your Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP).
This review should consider all changes to your business’s processes and services connected to coronavirus (COVID-19).
This could include:
Completing a reopening checklist will allow you to record progress when restarting your food business. The checklist is also available for download in table format here.
Planning and preparation for start-up
Check your Local Authority is informed of current food activities
Check Registered Waste Carrier Services
Update Your Food Safety Management System For Any New Procedures
Check food preparation areas are clean and disinfected (this includes work surfaces, equipment and utensils)
- 1Signs of damage or smearing to walls and doors gnawed or stained packaging
- 2Footprints in dust
- 3Animal droppings or urine smell
- 4Insect bodies, larvae, cocoons and egg/pupal casings
Check handwashing and cleaning materials’ availability (this includes soap, sanitiser and paper towels)
Check your fridges, chilled display equipment and freezers are working properly.
Check your other equipment (e.g. oven) is working properly
Ingredient and product checks
Check raw materials and ingredients
Check allergen information is accurate and available for all products
Social distancing measures
Refer to government guidance on social distancing, customer interaction and communication or instructions to the public.
[Disclosure: Information is taken from The Food Standard Agency]