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Following the government's recent announcement that the hospitality trade could reopen from Saturday 4th July 2020, guidance has been issued to traders on how to open workplaces safely while minimising the risk of spreading COVID-19.
The guidance applies to any food preparation or service setting where food and drink is sold for consumption at venues or for takeaway or delivery. For example, restaurants, pubs, bars, beer gardens, food to go, cafes, social and similar clubs operating as bars and restaurants, mobile catering and contract catering or similar environments where food and drink is purchased and consumed at a venue in their indoor or outdoor areas or offered for takeaway or delivery.
The guidance also considers entertainment in restaurants, pubs and bars and similar venues where food or drink is served, provided they meet current government criteria for safe reopening.
The document gives practical considerations of how this can be applied in the premises. Each business will need to translate this into specific actions that need to be taken, dependent on the nature of their business, including the size and type of business, how it is organised, operated, managed and regulated. Businesses will also need to monitor these measures to make sure they continue to protect customers and workers.
This guidance does not supersede any legal obligations relating to health and safety, entertainment licensing and regulations, employment or equalities and it is important that as a business or an employer you continue to comply with your existing obligations, including those relating to individuals with protected characteristics. It contains nonstatutory guidance to take into account when complying with these existing obligations. When considering how to apply this guidance, take into account agency workers, contractors and other people, as well as your employees.
To help you decide which actions to take, you must carry out an appropriate COVID-19 risk assessment, just as you would for other health and safety related hazards. This risk assessment must be done in consultation with unions or workers.