CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) – ADVICE FOR BUSINESSES
Roadmap - Lifting of Business Restrictions
From April 12th business restrictions will start to be lifted. New regulations have been introduced, and guidance will be revised at each step of the Government’s Roadmap.
Guidance for employers in different sectors, employees and the self employed on keeping workers and customers safe during COVID-19 will be updated via these links.
For hospitality venues that are planning to use outside space for seating please ensure you revise your risk assessments to take into consideration the possibility of noise disturbance to local residents. You also need to ensure any structures comply with the regulations. A guidance note can be found in the downloads section (right).
All businesses will need to review their risk assessments taking account of occupancy limits (including external areas) and any measures indicated by guidance. Lancashire Fire and Rescue have produced a leaflet for businesses when reopening that can be downloaded (right).
Fact sheets have been produced for Close Contact Services and Gyms to assist businesses to check they are taking all of the steps they need in order to open safely. These can be found in the downloads on this page (right).
Face covering rules have been extended and should be worn in hospitality settings except when sat at a table and also by users of taxi/private hire vehicles - download your poster (right).
In addition some businesses are required to take contact details, you MUST display an NHS code. Click the link to create an NHS QR code https://www.gov.uk/create-coronavirus-qr-poster.
Planning rules have been relaxed temporarily to allow food businesses to operate as takeaways. Burnley Council understand that businesses may look to change their business model and diversify in order to maintain their business during this time. A business is only in position to do this if they have any necessary licences, food registrations and planning consents in place.
Barbour have produced a helpful Re-opening work premises guide. This includes reminders to carry out important building safety checks including legionella & fire safety equipment tests before beginning to operate.
Refer to advice from the Drinking Water Inspectorate regarding Maintaining Drinking Water Quality when reinstating water supplies after temporary closure.
Businesses that must close/remain closed
The reopening will be phased and businesses can only open when regulations allow it.
Closing certain businesses guidance is under constant review as we proceed through the Roadmap, and should be checked frequently for updates.
Suspected or Confirmed Covid 19 in a workplace
Test and trace guidance explains how employers and businesses can play their part in the NHS test and trace programme to slow the spread of the virus, protect the health and care system and save lives.
A COVID-19 Workplace Resource Pack has been designed to help manage workplace outbreaks is now available on the Lancashire County Council website. Always default to using the link to receive the most up to date advice and guidance as it is regularly reviewed and may change.
Lateral Flow Test Kit
A scheme which provides free rapid tests for use by your employees is now open to all employers regardless of size. The business must register by 31st March in order to receive free tests until the end of June.
Burnley also has 'three rapid Covid-19 testing sites' to help protect essential and other workers who cannot work from home.
Close Contact Webinar Video hosted by Lancaster CC
A refresher for those working in the close contact industry including hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons. The webinar, frequently asked questions and slide presentation can be found on Lancaster City Council`s website.
Social Distancing Posters
Burnley Council has produced a poster pack. You might want to put these in & around your premises to encourage staff and visitors to follow social distancing rules. The posters can be found in the Downloads section (right).
Food Safety Guidance for individuals and groups providing food for Community & Foodbanks.
Although scientific advice has reported that it is unlikely that COVID-19 can be transmitted through food, it is still vital that food business operators exercise effective hygiene controls, to ensure that food produced is suitable for human consumption and free from contamination.
The Food Standards Agency have produced Guidance for Food Businesses on Coronavirus (COVID-19), this should be read in conjunction with Re-opening & adapting your food business during COVID-19. Food businesses that continue to trade should make themselves aware of this guidance and the Working Safely guidance (above) and ensure they are followed in full.
The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has also produced a really useful document for businesses operating as a takeaway.
A note of caution - think very carefully before providing “allergen free food”. You need to consider whether you can control cross contamination. Controlling allergens in your kitchen, will help you decide whether it is possible for you to provide allergen free food safely.
COVID-19 SPOT CHECKS
Monitoring checks will be carried out by Environmental Health to ensure that businesses are operating in accordance with Government COVID-19 guidance.
Contact the Environmental Health Team
If you require further advice or wish to report a business not following measures to control COVID-19 email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Environmental Health Do
Burnley Council works with you to help your business succeed - and to make sure that the borough's residents get the best possible service.
For all environmental health issues that affect you or your business including:
- Food safety
- Environmental protection
- Health and Safety
Our team also helps local food businesses to comply with EU food allergen rules which came into force in December 2014.
Read more about environmental health by clicking the links in this section, or by completing and returning one of our downloadable forms.