The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published a new checklist to help guide restaurants looking to re-open as takeaways during the coronavirus pandemic.

The new guidance explains that re-opening a food business after a period of closure will require some extra checks alongside the normal daily opening checks in order to ensure that the business can restart safely.

Food businesses are being told to:

  • maintain basic hygiene standards

  • recognise the areas where greater attention will be required

  • review the food safety management system to identify risks (this should be recorded in the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Plan, or the Safer Food, Better Business Pack (Safe Catering in Northern Ireland).

The FSA says the review should consider all changes to the business’s processes and services connected to COVID-19. This could include changes to production, workflow management, staffing, customer interactions and any required control measures.

Completing the re-opening checklist will allow businesses to record progress when restarting the food business.

The checklist includes:

  • planning and preparation for start-up

  • site checks

  • equipment checks

  • ingredient and product checks

  • social distancing measures.

The checklist is accessible via the FSA website. See also our feature on the Government guidance COVID Secure: working safely for restaurants offering takeaway or delivery.

Last reviewed 22 May 2020