Guidance for hospitality businesses where alcohol may be consumed
The NI Executive has agreed further restrictions to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 within the community.
Information about the restrictions can be found here.
Tourism NI and the Department for the Economy has produced guidance called ‘Working Safely During COVID-19’. This document details how you can operate your business as safely as possible, when businesses are permitted to reopen. An update to the guidance was issued on 11 September 2020, and further updates will follow ahead of the sector reopening.
Working safely during COVID-19 in hospitality businesses where alcohol may be consumed
This guidance applies to any food preparation or service setting where food and drink is sold for consumption at venues or for takeaway or delivery. It has been prepared by the Department for the Economy, in partnership with Tourism NI, and informed by the NI Tourism Recovery Working Group and consultation with Public Health Agency (PHA), the Health and Safety Executive NI (HSENI), key Executive Departments, District Councils and has been shared with trade unions.
This guidance should be considered and applied in line with:
Businesses must adhere to the re-opening dates and restrictions relating to each part of their business. They should also take into consideration restrictions that may apply to its customer base.
The guidance provides key considerations that each business will need to translate into specific actions for its own unique circumstances. A site-by-site approach is essential and the risk assessment will differ for every business.
Each one of us must play our part in tackling the pandemic and there is an onus on individuals to operate responsibly, in line with the latest public health guidance. Owners are responsible for the conduct of their businesses and should consider how they communicate with both their staff and customers in this regard.
Sectoral Guidance - Hospitality
As part of the Tourism NI Tourism Enterprise Development (TED) Programme, we took a look at specific guidance for pubs and restaurants with Colin Neill from Hospitality Ulster. The webinar is available to view below.
FSA Checklist for reopening during Covid-19:
Adapting your business for takeaway and delivery:
Cleaning effectively in your business:
The information provided gives some guidance and assistance on Covid-19 (new coronavirus) for your tourism business. The guidance is not designed to be definitive but highlights areas that you should consider. Each business has its own requirements, depending on the type of business it is and the guests it attracts, therefore, if you require precise or detailed information on anything mentioned in this guidance, or on the legal implications for you in particular, you should seek professional legal advice.