The guidance covers areas such as hygiene practice, managing employee sickness and social distancing
The FSA has also reassured that it is “very unlikely” coronavirus could be transmitted through food
The Food Standards Agency and the government have published joint coronavirus guidance to assist food businesses.
The advice covers a range of areas, such as hygiene practice, managing employee sickness and social distancing.
Many of the measures have already been seen in the mults, such as the use of floor markings to ensure customers observe two-metre distancing at checkouts and encouraging shoppers to use contactless when paying for items.
Other bits of guidance have been rolled out in some, but not all, stores, like protecting workers and customers with Plexiglass barriers at tills and limiting the number of customers allowed in stores.
Meanwhile, further advice suggests, if it is possible to do so, providing additional pop-up handwashing stations.
Staff-specific instructions include ensuring those involved in food production maintain social distancing wherever possible, wear personal protective equipment and frequently wash their hands.
The guidance also suggests employees who help workers displaying coronavirus-like symptoms do not need to be sent home themselves unless they too begin showing symptoms.
A full list of recommended measures can be found on the government’s website.
Alongside the new guidance, the FSA has sought to reassure the general public and businesses that it is “very unlikely” coronavirus could be transmitted through food.
It added that it is working with the food industry to make sure businesses were aware of their responsibilities when it comes to maintaining safety standards and protecting staff during the outbreak.