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Pests, pollution and food hygiene (COVID-19)
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Pests, pollution and food hygiene (COVID-19)

Food businesses reopening

If your food business has been closed for a prolonged period during COVID-19 restrictions and you are preparing to resume trading when the current restrictions are eased, there are a number of issues you need to consider. 

Our advice for food businesses reopening during COVID-19 restrictions (PDF, 142kb) includes links to appropriate guidance from:

  • the Health and Safety Executive
  • Scottish Government
  • Food Standards Scotland
  • other relevant organisations.

In addition to complying with food safety requirements, you will need to ensure compliance with health and safety law and the infection control restrictions that are in place during the emergency period. This includes social distancing, increased cleaning and disinfection. 

If you require further advice and assistance on compliance, please do not hesitate to contact Environmental Health at

Food businesses offering takeaway food

Food Standards Scotland have issued guidance for food business operators and their employees in recognition of the challenges faced by small businesses in the food takeaway sector.

The guidance includes model notices. These can be displayed to help you:

  • communicate consistently with your customers
  • explain the social distancing requirements at your premises

If you have any queries regarding a food business, please contact:

Site visits and inspections

Planning and Protective Services have suspended all non essential site visits and inspections due to the current COVID-19 situation.

If you have any questions, please telephone your normal service contact, or the Customer Contact Centre on 01294 310000.

Legionnaires’ disease

Find out how to minimise the risk of legionnaires' disease (Word, 18kb) when reopening your business premises.