This advice is aimed at the general public and offers some basic advice about how to keep themselves safe when they receive home deliveries go shopping or shop for other people who may be self- isolating.
Anyone can spread coronavirus and as far as possible we should all stay at home in order to save lives and protect the NHS
The latest government advice is that it is very unlikely that you can catch coronavirus from food. This is because COVID-19 is a respiratory illness. It is not known to be transmitted by exposure to food or food packaging. Please continue to follow general food safety advice; washing hands thoroughly, cleaning surfaces and separating raw meat/fish from other foods when preparing food.
To reduce the risk of contracting the illness consider the following:
Consider Getting your Food Delivered
- If you are in a vulnerable group, consider getting your food delivered. If you’re self-isolating because you or someone in your household has coronavirus symptoms or you have been identified on medical grounds as ‘extremely vulnerable’, then you shouldn’t be leaving the house – if you need help please contact us on 01772 625625 or Covid19support@southribble.gov.uk
- It may take longer than usual to receive online deliveries to your home, so plan ahead, particularly if you usually have prescriptions delivered. If you have any concerns about your medication, talk to your pharmacist.
- If someone offering to do your shopping claims to be from a recognised organisation, ask to see proof or check with the organisation itself.
- If someone you don’t know offers you help with your shopping don’t feel pressured to accept help. If you do accept help never hand-over money, bank details or cards to someone you don’t know offering to help you.
- If someone offers to do your shopping, ask for a receipt so that you can pay them on their return to cover the costs of the items.
- You can use family, friends or via online or companies which take telephone orders.
- Practice social distancing and ask the delivery person to leave your shopping outside your door and to stay 2 metres away from people
- Food packaging is not known to present any specific risk to consumers. However, efforts should be made to ensure it is handled in line with usual food safety practices
- You may wish to treat all nonporous food packaging or containers with a suitable disinfectant spray or wipes before you store them away
- Thoroughly wash and dry your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds when you’ve put your shopping away
- Clean all the surfaces where you have put your shopping bags with disinfectant
- Always check if you are ordering food for someone else if they any allergies or in tolerances. If they do, then ensure that the food business is contacted directly and their allergy or intolerance is discussed in detail. This is particularly important for takeaway deliveries.
If going shopping
- If you’re self-isolating because you or someone in your household has coronavirus symptoms or you have been identified on medical grounds as ‘extremely vulnerable’, then you shouldn’t be leaving the house – if you need help please contact us on 01772 625625 or Covid19support@southribble.gov.uk
- Plan your shopping trips so that you do as few as possible – try to avoid “top up” shops
- Only buy what you can use – avoid buying more than you need or hoarding goods so that there is enough for everyone.
- Respect the social distancing measures shops may have in place, stay 2 metres away from staff and shoppers and be patient.
- Pay contactless/electronically rather than using cash
- Use hand sanitizer after going through the checkout if you have this. If not, then ensure that hands are washed as soon as possible for 20 seconds.
- Disinfect all nonporous food packaging or containers with a suitable disinfectant spray or wipes before you store them away.
- Wash open fruit and vegetables by washing under the tap and scrubbing with a soft brush.
- After handling food and food packaging thoroughly wash and dry your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds.
- Disinfect all surfaces where your food bags have been and your reusable shopping bags.
Check with your local supermarket to see what they're doing