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Reopening and adapting your food business during COVID-19

Food safety and hygiene guidance for food businesses to operate safely during COVID-19.

This guidance is for food businesses looking to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sector guidance has been provided to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely in the food sector.

This should be read in conjunction with sector guidance for social distancing in the workplace and our general advice for food businesses.

This will give you a practical framework to identify what you need to do to continue, adapt, or restart operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the hygiene processes and requirements you must follow to safely operate your food business.


National restrictions are in place in England from 5 November. People should stay at home where possible and should only travel to work if they cannot work from home.

Hospitality venues in England, such as restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services. Sale of alcohol is permitted via pre-order for collection or delivery services only.

Different requirements are in place across Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Find out about the new restrictions and what you can and cannot do.