Countdown to Christmas
Lockdown 2 is drawing to a close. Unfortunately it is not the countdown to Christmas that most food businesses were hoping for.
There will only 24 shopping days to go from when the restrictions come into place on 2nd December 2020.
The usual Christmas office parties and gatherings won’t be taking place. Unless they are small gatherings and possibly outside in the lowest tiers. Unfortunately with the sub zero temperatures we have been experiencing lately this might not be an option!
New local COVID alert levels
The restrictions have increased in many areas as most move up from tier 1 to tier 2 or 3 in response to the number of positive COVID cases. This means more businesses are likely to have to operate a restricted service or sadly close altogether.
The new restrictions for food businesses:
Tier 1 (Medium): Food premises must be table service only and must stop taking orders at 10pm and close by 11pm.
Tier 2 (High): Pubs and bars must close, unless they can operate as restaurants. Alcohol can only be served with substantial meals. food premises must stop taking orders at 10pm and must close by 11pm.
Tier 3 (Very High): food businesses must close unless they can do takeaway, click and collect, drive-through or delivery.
DOWNLOAD the quick reference tier poster for the local COVID alert level in your area to make sure you stay legal. This can be displayed in a customer or staff area to remind everyone of the rules that they must follow.
It is important to review your risk assessment particularly if you are now in a higher tier.
Update your risk assessment
Get your hands on my new template to update or start your risk assessment. You can get access to as soon as the new legislation is published. This will be able for download by signing up for my weekly newsletter on my Home Page or look out for my Linkedin social media reminders.