Following the recent flurry of government announcements, rules affecting hospitality and catering businesses in England have changed. To help you find your way through the forest of information, The Safer Food Group has created a summary of the changes that affect the food industry, and come into force from 24th September 2020. We’ve also updated a number of our courses, including Level 2 Food Hygiene and Level 3 Food Hygiene, with guidelines to help you keep your food business Covid-19 safe. We’ll update these guidelines as we learn more about changes in the devolved UK nations
Customers in hospitality venues must wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or drink. This means, your customers will need to wear a mask on entry to and exit from your premises, and if they leave their table to visit bathroom facilities
Staff in hospitality and retail will now also be required to wear face coverings. This ruling applies to all staff (except those with specific exemptions), including those in takeaway food businesses.
For our pack of free covid signage templates, including mask poster, click here
Businesses selling food or drink (including cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants), social clubs, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement arcades (and other indoor leisure centres or facilities), funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls, must be closed between 10pm and 5am. This will include takeaways, although delivery services can continue after 10pm.
Table service only
In licensed premises, food and drink must be ordered from, served at, and consumed at a table. This includes those licensed premises with outdoor service areas.
In any premises selling food or drink for customers to consume indoors on site, customers must eat and drink at a table.
Display NHS Test and Trace QR
Venues will now be required to display a QR code in their venue, to allow customers to register their visits with the NHS Test and Trace app. To create a QR code for your business, visit this site and complete your details
Businesses are also required to continue their own collection of customer and staff data that began in July – here is our previous post on collecting data if you need a reminder how to do this.
For full details on September 24th rule changes: click here
For more information regarding the NHS Test and Trace scheme, click here
For more information from the Government about the role of your business in Test and Trace, click here
For more information from the ICO about keeping Test and Trace data safe, click here