Re-opening your business after lockdown

The government is gradually widening the categories of businesses that can reopen following the national coronavirus lockdown. If your business is in one of these categories, it is vital that you put plans in place and make any necessary changes to operations to ensure the safety of staff, customers and visitors.

Employers have a legal responsibility to protect all people in connection with their business operations. All businesses have to risk assess how they intend to operate to ensure their business is ready for safe operations throughout the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve put together some guidance on reopening your business:

The Food Standards Agency has produced guidance on hygiene and food safety requirements for food businesses to reopen and operate safely:

They have also published a checklist to support food businesses to reopen safely during COVID-19 after a period of inaction:

Our Environmental Health team have provided information for food business operators during the coronavirus pandemic:

Cornwall Council has published a Back in Business Recovery Guide to help businesses get back on their feet after the COVID-19 closures while ensuring the safety of staff, customers and visitors:

It is the responsibility of each business to complete a risk assessment, as a measure to re-opening safely, however if any business on Scilly requires further assistance, after reading through the guidance, they may contact Environmental Health at Please bear in mind that our two Environmental Health Officers are experiencing a large number of enquiries at present and therefore may not be able to respond straight away.

Publishing date: 
Wednesday, 3 June, 2020