The government document is comprised of 8 sections. We discuss the guidance for restaurants, pubs and takeaways looking to re-open.
1) All employers must carry out a covid-19 risk assessment
Before restaurants open to the public, owners must assess the possible risks to customers of contracting covid-19. Help is available in the Health and Safety Executive’s interactive guide to creating a risk assessment.
Measures to reduce risk are necessary, and include:
2) Restaurants and pubs must take extra measures to keep customers safe
Here’s what pubs and restaurants re-opening need to do when re-opening:
3) Keeping workers at home where possible
As more restaurants open, those workers who can work from home should continue to do so.
Measures to protect those workers who need to come into the venue should be included in the risk assessment.
4) Extra measures for social distancing for workers
In addition to the guidelines already mentioned above, social distancing measures apply in break rooms, canteens, entrances, and exits.
These areas are typically more difficult for people to stay apart; therefore, here’s what can help:
5) Cleaning the workplace and keeping it clean
Guidance for pubs re-opening, restaurants and takeaways includes:
6) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and face coverings
Outside of a clinical setting (such as a hospital), there is no need to use any additional PPE. Social distancing and other measures are what is needed.
If your food establishment is in a clinical setting, you can consult the guidelines here.
For other pubs and restaurants re-opening outside of a clinical setting, if your protocol dictates the use of PPE, it is the owner’s responsibility to provide it for employees. Face coverings can be very simple and only need to cover the mouth and nose, and may be useful where social distancing isn’t possible.
Remind employees that wearing face coverings is a requirement when using public transport in England.
7) Workforce management
These measures include:
8) Inbound and outbound goods
Where possible, encourage:
You can consult the full document of government guidance here.
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