COVID-19: law and licensing updates

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 which put public health measures in place as a result of Covid-19, have now been repealed.

This means that it is no longer a legal requirement to follow the restrictions which they imposed, such as social distancing. However, as Covid-19 still remains a public health concern, the restrictions have been replaced by public health advice.

Following the public health guidance is strongly recommended.

Food hygiene

It is always important to apply good hygiene practices in order to prevent the spread of infection when preparing food. In particular:

  • ensure adherence to robust hand washing procedures. Hand sanitiser gels can be made available in addition to hand washing facilities. However, it is important to remember that these only work on clean hands.¬†They should never be used as a substitute to hand washing.
  • minimise direct hand contact with food by using tongs and utensils. Gloves can be used to minimise direct contact with food. However, gloves can become contaminated with bacteria or viruses such as COVID-19 in the same way as hands so are not a substitute for good personal hygiene and hand washing.

These are measures that all food businesses should already be implementing as part of their food safety management system to control the potential risks associated with any bacterial or viral infection.

Additional information

Further information relating to Coronavirus and food or food businesses is available from the Scottish Government.