In light of the current Covid-19 (Corona Virus) Pandemic, Council would like to take this opportunity to recognise the challenges faced by all food businesses at this time and assist those that are still able to remain open with some information on what you can do as a food business to protect yourself, your business, staff and your customers.
What Restrictions apply to my food business?
The NSW government website is the best resource to keep updated on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) advice and guidance in NSW. It is important to keep up to date as information is regularly changing. The current restrictions are as follows:
- TAKE AWAY ONLY: Food and Drink premises must remain closed with the exception of takeaway food only;
- SOCIAL DISTANCE: Customers and staff must keep a distance of 1.5m away from any other person. Use signs or floor markers and encourage pay wave or other touchless transactions;
- NO MASS GATHERING: There must be no public gatherings of more than 2 people - Once food is purchased, customers must leave the premises immediately.
How can I protect my workers and customers against Covid-19?
The NSW Food Authority provides specific information for food business including food safety aspects of COVID-19, measures you can take to protect your workers, how to deal with customers or staff that are ill and other workforce impacts.
Council encourages all of our food businesses to remember safe personal hygiene practices and at a minimum, food businesses must have:
- HAND WASHING: A hand wash basin which is separate to all equipment and food wash sinks. The hand basin must have warm water, liquid soap and single use hand towels As an extra precaution, NSW Health also advises the use of a hand sanitiser at the hand basin, which can be applied after hand washing;
- SANITISER: Food grade sanitiser or a suitable sanitising process which is used for food contact equipment, high use areas such as light switches, door handles and in customer service areas;
- HEALTHY WORKERS: Procedures to deal with sick staff. Any sick worker must be excluded from the workplace by being sent home and advised not to come to work until well.
Can I get translated information?
Various fact sheets about COVID-19 are available from the NSW Health's website which you may find useful to print out and use, many of these fact sheets have also been translated into various community languages.
If you have any questions in relation to the above mentioned information, please contact Council’s Environmental Health Team firstname.lastname@example.org