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Reopening and adapting your food business during COVID-19

Food safety and hygiene guidance for food businesses to operate safely during COVID-19.

This guidance is for food businesses looking to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sector guidance has been provided to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely in the food sector.

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

This will give you a practical framework to identify what you need to do to continue, adapt, or restart operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the hygiene processes and requirements you must follow to safely operate your food business.


National restrictions

The government has published the COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021, setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England.

From 12 April, hospitality venues are allowed to serve people outdoors. There is no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks and no curfew, although customers must order, eat and drink while seated. Wider social contact rules will apply in all these settings to prevent indoor mixing between different households.

Further steps in the reopening process for England can be found in the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

Different requirements are in place across Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.