Covid-19/Coronavirus

Business Advice

The current National Guidance is published on GOV.UK Government website

Sector Specific Guidance

General guidance can be found on the GOV.UK Government website.

There is also the latest Government guidance on: Reducing the spread of respiratory infections, including COVID-19, in the workplace and Living safely with respiratory infections, including COVID-19

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


Licensing

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


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 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 Reducing the spread of respiratory infections, including COVID-19, in the workplace 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.