COVID-19 guidance for food businesses

How you can help

The council’s Food Safety team is linking in with the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership to help get food to older, isolated and vulnerable members of the community during this time.

In particular, the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership is looking for donations of food, equipment and kitchen consumables, like cleaning equipment and packaging.

We are contacting local supermarkets separately.

Find more information on how you can help in the coronavirus pandemic from the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership website.

You can also find other opportunities to volunteer on their website.

We write to remind you of the new laws applicable to many businesses that come into force today and later this week.

New Legal Requirements

All hospitality, close contact services and leisure venues, businesses and organisations in the UK, are now legally required to log details of customers, visitors and staff visiting their premises for NHS Test and Trace.

From Thursday 24 September, these businesses will be required by law to display an official NHS QR code poster in preparation for the NHS COVID-19 app being rolled out nationally. This will make it easier for people to check-in at different premises using their phone. If individuals choose to check-in using the NHS QR code poster they do not need to log in via any other route. Businesses can continue to use existing registration methods, for booking, ordering and loyalty rewards for example, in addition to the NHS QR code.

You can learn more about the Test and Trace app on the NHS website, and make your QR code poster on

You are reminded that, from 18 September, hospitality venues in England are legally required to enforce the rule of 6 or could face a fine of up to £4,000.

Businesses/services expected to comply with the new legal requirements are:

  • Hospitality, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés
  • Facilities provided by local authorities, including town halls and civic centres (for events), libraries and children’s centresTourism and leisure, including gyms, swimming pools, hotels, museums, cinemas, zoos and theme parks
  • Close contact services, including hairdressers

If you have any questions please send an email to The Food and Health & Safety Team at

You can read the full government press release on