City of Wolverhampton Council understands that businesses will be doing all they can to stay trading during this time. Prior to commencing any form of food business or distribution, particularly if you are doing something new, please ensure that you contact the Environmental Health Service so an officer can provide you with advice and guidance on how to do this as safely as possible:
As we are sure you are aware the Government have stepped up measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and save lives. This means you must:
- Stay at home as much as possible
- Work from home if you can
- Limit contact with other people
- Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- Wash your hands regularly
Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
City of Wolverhampton Council have launched Wolves in Business, a local economy support package to help businesses through this time of great anxiety.
The single most important action we can all take in fighting coronavirus is to stay at home and away from others. This is known as Social Distancing. You can find more information on the Government’s website about:
- Social Distancing by staying alert, controlling the virus, and in doing so, save lives.
- Staying Safe Outside Your Home to lower the risk of transmission of the virus.
- Self-isolation for households with possible coronavirus infection.
- Shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.
- Handwashing to protect yourself and others from illnesses. This useful video shows you how to wash your hands to preventing the spread of COVID-19.
The most up to date guidance on what businesses and venues should be closed can be found on the Government’s website for Closing Certain Businesses
This guidance can change so it is advisable to visit the link regularly so you are up-to-date.
Where workplaces are open precautions need to be taken to reduce risks to both the workers and the public.
These checklists will help you to put in place measures in your workplace to keep both employees and customers safe:
You will need to consider closing your business if you are not able to introduce sufficient measures to control the risk from coronavirus.
Although it is very unlikely that coronavirus is transmitted through food, anyone handling food should continue to follow good hygiene practices. More information on how to do this can be found at:
It is important that everyone understands how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. You can find more information on the Government’s website:
Employers, the self-employed and people in control of premises, have a duty to identify and control risks associated with legionella. These guidance documents will help all organisations that rely on a safe water supply to undertake their business activities to consider the risk and implemented additional control measures.