Mid Kent Environmental Health
Guidance for outdoor hospitality businesses opening up on the 12 April 2021.
What do I need to do?
Carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment to determine the hazards and risk associated with your business.
- Step 1 - Identify hazards
- Step 2 - Identify who can be harmed
- Step 3 – Assess the risk
- Step 4 - Implement control measures
- Step 5 – Review regularly
Check out the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website for guidance on risk assessments.
You should look at government guidance regularly as you prepare to restart activities as it can change quickly.
You should follow any advice and guidance given by your trade association.
12 April 2021
Central government has been clear in their message that the dates suggested for each phase of the reopening is a guide only. The actual dates that each stage occur will be informed by data and subject to four distinct tests.
|Ensure you are Covid-secure.|
|Table service only.|
|Encourage customers to wear a face covering unless eating or drinking. They must be worn inside.|
|Wash hands regularly.|
|Follow social distancing rules, spacing and layout of tables and chairs is import.|
|Toilets are ok to use.|
|Takeaway food and drink ok. Customers must not enter the premises.|
|Follow contact tracing rules taking details of all customers you must use the NHS QR code and have a non-digital back up.|
|Don’t allow groups of people to mix (Rule of 6 people or 2 households).|
|Don’t allow customers to use any indoor facilities except for toilets.|
|Do not play music too loud as it encourages people to get close and shout to each other.|
|Do not allow customers to consume takeaway on or near the premises.|
|Shared smoking equipment, such as shisha pipes is not allowed.|
|Outdoor shelter walls must be at least 50% open. Pods and igloos are not permitted.|
Points to consider
- How will you ensure gatherings do not form on or outside your premises?
- Have you worked out your maximum capacity? How will you monitor this?
- Do you need to have a pre-booking system?
- How will you ensure social distancing? Especially when customers are consuming alcohol?
- Do you have sufficient PPE?
- Do you have hand sanitiser?
- How and when will you sanitise any equipment?
- How will you prevent toilets from becoming crowded?
- Do you have a test and trace system in place?
- Do you need a one-way system?
- Download your signage from our posters and signs for businesses page
Contact for advice
Mid Kent Environmental Health Services