COVID-19 Update

As Scotland progresses into Phase 3 of lifting the restrictions around COVID-19, keep up to date with dates of specific restrictions being lifted and guidance for various situations, premises and businesses here

Private Water Supply Annual Return Consultation

The Drinking Water Quality Regulator are about to embark on a project that will consider ways to better handle the Private Water Supply (PWS) data. 

Full analysis of consultation on smoking outside hospitals

The majority of respondents to a consultation on banning smoking near hospital buildings support a 15-metre enforcement zone to protect people from the dangers of second-hand smoke.

A total of 559 people or organisations commented on the possible introduction of a legally-enforceable no-smoking area around hospital buildings. 72% of them agreed that 15 metres was a suitable distance.

EHOs take a central role in the delivery of Scottish Government’s Test and Protect approach

Environmental Health Officer’s around Scotland have now begun their role as contact tracers for Test and Protect- Scotland’s approach to implemented the “test, trace, isolate support” strategy. 

Since 28 May 2020, once an individual receives a positive result, a team of contact tracers will then gather details on individuals who have been in contact with the person who tested positive. The contact tracers will then proceed to contact these individuals and advise them to isolate.

Food Standard’s Scotland updates their guidance for FBOs and their employees

Food Standard’s Scotland have updated their COVID-19 Guidance for Food Business Operators and Their Employees on 19 June.

The update includes further clarification on the use of PPE, face masks and face coverings and fitness to work policy.

COVID-19 workplace guidance for the tourism and hospitality industry published

The Scottish Government and UK Hospitality have both published guidance to support Scotland’s tourism and hospitality sector to reopen safety. 

The industry has been asked to prepare for reopening on 15 July, if sufficient progress is made to move to phase 3 of the route-map.

The Scottish Government’s guidance sets out the key public health measures that will need to be taken to allow safe reopening, including:

Scottish Government pauses the introduction on the bill for HFSS food promotions restrictions

The Scottish Government has decided to pause plans to limit the way foods high in fat, sugar or salt can be promoted in the country and will not be taking forward the Restricting Food Promotions Bill. 

In September last year, the government pledged to bring the Bill on Restricting Foods Promotions forward before the end of this parliament in an attempt to address the obesity problem in Scotland. 

Community Training - COVID-19

The Institute has put in temporary measures to permit Approved Training Centres to deliver courses by remote learning by the use of live virtual training. Some courses are also available by eLearning. Even although Scotland appears to moving towards Phase 2 of the 'exit of lock-down' strategy, remote learning continues to be permitted by the Institute.

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