Covid-19/Coronavirus

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Business Advice

The current National Guidance has been published on Gov.uk.


Covid Testing for Businesses and Communities

Please follow the link to Worcestershire County Council's website if you are looking to arrange a PCR Test.

Sector Specific Guidance

Guidance can be found at the gov.uk website: Working Safely during Coronavirus/Covid-19

This is the latest Government guidance on Test and Trace:
Public asked to leave a name and number with venues to help stop the spread of covid-19
Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace

Village Halls and Community Centres are now able to open. The Government strongly advises against such venues being used for indoor fitness and sport activity. Guidance for this sector is available : Guidance for the Safe Use of Multi-Purpose Community Facilities.

Public Health England (PHE) have a range of useful information abou: Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Licensing

For the latest updates on the impact of coronavirus on our licensing services, go to Covid-19 Impacts on Licensing.

 

Covid at Events and Venues

Guidance can be found at the gov.uk website: Carrying out mandatory COVID-19 status checks at your venue or event.


Food and Drink

Food safety inspections were suspended by the Food Standards Agency between March and June 2020, but we are now undertaking a risk based programme of inspections, some of which may be done by remote contact. We will continue to investigate serious complaints relating to food safety or food poisoning. Environmental Health also remain responsible for enforcing Coronavirus Regulations relating to continuing closures of some sectors and monitoring Covid Safe requirements in the food and drink sector.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has now issued guidance for food businesses. You can find this at:
Covid 19 Guidance for Food Businesses.

UK Hospitality have also published detailed guidance for the whole sector to support government advice:
Covid-19 Secure Guidelines.

Follow the link for further guidance from the Food Standards Agency on Re-opening Food Businesses (including a checklist).

The Government guidance document Working Safely during Coronavirus 9COVID-19 has been updated.

Health & Safety

We continue to monitor and review the accident reporting system (RIDDOR,) and will investigate serious incidents and infectious disease. For the latest information about Working Safely during the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Nuisances

Whilst the installation of noise monitoring equipment has been suspended, we will respond to complaints about nuisance but we would remind people that ordinary human activity is not going to constitute a statutory nuisance eg. voices, shouting, bonfires, etc. There is a need for greater tolerance of others during this crisis and we strongly recommend you be supportive and understanding of your neighbours

Dog Warden service

The Dog Warden service will remain operational but owners should ensure their dogs don’t get out.

Planning & Pollution

WRS has issued specific advice in relation to the production of noise assessments in support of planning applications during the lockdown period. For further details please follow the link to our Pollution (and Planning) webpages.

 

Please email enquiries@worcsregservices.gov.uk or call 01905 822799 if you have a query.