All food takeaway premises operating during the lockdown period will continue to be monitored by Trafford Council Environmental Health Officers.
In addition, any establishment issued with an improvement notice will still be required to make the necessary changes to their business in order to continue trading.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak restaurants and bars have sadly been forced to close temporarily in order to help prevent the disease from spreading.
However, some restaurants have managed to stay open by adopting a takeaway service only and other fast food outlets have continued to trade provided they meet government guidelines.
The authority, however, is encouraging residents to be mindful about who they purchase their takeaways from – and check the businesses food hygiene rating.
Cllr Mike Freeman, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Public Safety and Reform, said:
The food culture across the borough is phenomenal and I know some businesses are operating a takeaway only service so they can keep trading, which is great.
However the health and safety of Trafford residents remains a priority and we will continue to monitor fast food outlets and restaurants offering a takeaway service to make sure outstanding hygiene issues are being addressed.”
Each year, Council inspectors are tasked with assessing hundreds of food outlets to check that the required hygiene standards are met - and the food that is served is safe to eat.
After inspection each business is given a hygiene rating – between zero and five - by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
A star rating of zero is the worst score – and a business will urgently need to improve while a star rating of five is very good.
You can find out more information and check a hygiene rating visit of a local takeaway here: https://ratings.food.gov.uk/advanced-search/en-gb/Trafford
Posted on Friday 17th April 2020