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Updated guidance on working practices

The government yesterday updated its guidance for those working in or running food takeaways or delivery services.

The comprehensive document states that in order to reopen, all takeaways must carry out a risk assessment addressing the risks of COVID-19 in the workplace and to do everything reasonably practicable to minimise them.

It also states that while workplaces should make every reasonable effort to comply with the social distancing guidelines set out by the government (keeping people 2m apart wherever possible), where they cannot be followed in full, all mitigating actions possible must be taken to reduce the risk of transmission between staff.

For takeaway and delivery services, it also recommends:

- Increasing the frequency of hand washing and surface cleaning - Keeping the activity time involved as short as possible - Using screens or barriers to separate people from each other - Using back-to-back or side-to-side working (rather than face-to-face) whenever possible - Reducing the number of people each person has contact with by using ‘fixed teams or partnering’ (so each person works with only a few others)

- Cleaning laminated menus or disposing of paper menus after each use.

- Providing only disposable condiments or cleaning non-disposable condiment containers after each use.

The guidance also states that additional PPE beyond what is usually worn is not necessary. This is because COVID-19 is a different type of risk to the risks normally faced in a workplace, and needs to be managed through social distancing, hygiene and fixed teams or partnering, not through the use of PPE.

However, bosses are encouraged to should support their workers in using face coverings safely if they choose to wear one.

The guidance also makes it clear that food and drinks outlets must continue to offer exclusively takeaway or delivery options, with all seating and bar areas remaining closed.

View the document in its entirety by clicking here.

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