Restaurants and cafes throughout the Mid Coast local government area (LGA) are being advised to contact council to ensure they are compliant with the NSW Government public health order and are operating within the law as they reopen for business.
"We recognise that it can be complex to ensure your business is compliant with the public health order, while you're also managing changes to normal operations as a result of the pandemic," MidCoast Council building and environmental health manager, Gary Mead said.
"We're here to support local businesses to ensure they are meeting the NSW Government requirements under the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order, which includes completing a COVIDsafe plan," Mr Mead said.
Council was required to undertake educational inspections of food businesses across the Mid Coast, focussing on a five point checklist which included:
- A COVIDsafe plan, implemented in its entirety;
- Managing physical distancing and venue capacities;
- Adopting good hygiene practices;
- Excluding staff and patrons who are unwell or exhibiting symptoms, and
- Keeping records of patrons, contractors and staff.
"We're already rolling out these free inspections, so if you'd prefer to make an appointment to minimise impact on your daily operations, please contact us.
"Otherwise, be expecting unannounced inspections to help you implement the five points above and comply with the public health order."
There's plenty of help, including links to the public health order, templates and advice to help businesses get a start on ensuring they have a COVIDsafe plan and are compliant, on the ShopMidCoast business help hub.
To make an appointment for your educational inspection, call environmental health co-ordinator, Malcolm Hunter on 6591 7386.
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