A checklist to support food businesses to reopen safely during COVID-19 after a period of inaction.
- Planning and preparation for start-up
- Site checks
- Equipment checks
- Ingredient and product checks
- Social distancing measures
Reopening your food business after a period of closure will require some extra checks alongside your ‘normal’ daily opening checks. These will help to make sure that your business can restart safely. You will need to maintain your basic hygiene standards and recognise the areas where greater attention will be required.
A review of your Food Safety Management System should be undertaken to identify risks. This should be recorded in your Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan, or your Safer food, better business pack (Safe catering in Northern Ireland).
This review should consider all changes to your business’s processes and services connected to coronavirus (COVID-19). This could include changes to production, workflow management, staffing, customer interactions and any required control measures.
Completing this reopening checklist will allow you to record progress when restarting your food business