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Social distancing within food and drink business operators

Click here to view the latest guidance from Food Standards Scotland.

Food Standards Scotland's guidance is aimed to assist the food and drink sector in following government guidance on infection prevention and control measures against COVID-19. It provides further clarification on:

  • the application of physical distancing requirements
  • cleaning and disinfection procedures
  • government advice on facemasks and face coverings applies to food businesses.

To accompany the guidance, FSS have developed a risk assessment tool which will help food businesses plan to re-start as lockdown restrictions are relaxed and assist those which are already operating to review the steps they have taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 whilst ensuring food safety.

checklist is also available to support the risk assessment which summarises the key areas that need to be assessed when restarting your business, and will help managers to communicate with staff on the measures that need to be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Information for those businesses operating a take-away service

In addition to these documents, FSS have also developed a practical guide aimed at addressing the specific challenges faced by small businesses in the take-away sector in preventing the spread of COVID-19. This includes model notices that can be used to communicate to customers the social distancing requirements at their premises.

Best practice and tips from industry on how to maintain social distancing measures in the workplace

To support food and drink manufactures in protecting their workforce from Covid-19, Scotland Food & Drink has pulled together best practice tips being used by members of the food and drink business community.

This is not official guidance. This might not be relevant to all businesses but we hope that by building a community of practice it provides some support to businesses.

Employee social distancing briefing

Some food and drink businesses have found it helpful to issue a briefing to employees, detailing the measures being taken to maintain social distancing and provide regular updates on company guidance. Click here for an example sent to us from a member.