Street traders: COVID-19 guidance

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

Premises selling food or drink for consumption off the premises e.g. ice cream vans, burger vans, butcher vans, are not designated as premises that are required to close in terms of the above regulations.  The legislation does, however, require that social distancing is observed. Implement the following measures to try to prevent the spread of coronavirus:

  • encourage customers to socially distance whilst waiting in the queue.  This can be done by a sign being affixed to the vehicle near to the serving area e.g.

    To help prevent the spread of coronavirus:

    • please maintain a distance of 2 metres between yourself and the customer in front of you
    • please maintain a distance of 2 metres from the counter when placing your order

    Where customers are not adhering to the above, verbal encouragement should be given to try to ensure that the 2 metres of social distancing is observed.

  • additionally, for traders where customers may enter the vehicle:

    One customer only to be in the vehicle at any time

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 at: