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Food handling premises

A new food handling premises must be reported or an application for one must be made to the Environment services' Food Safety unit in accordance with the Act on Foodstuffs no later than four weeks prior to the commencement of operations or a significant change in operations.

The operation is inspected according to the report and the Food Safety unit intervenes if necessary. No separate decision is made on the operation unless it is a meat, fish or dairy plant.

Monitoring shops and other locations in accordance with the Communicable Diseases Act

The City of Helsinki Environmental Services has started inspections and monitoring activities connected to the changes made to the Communicable Diseases Act in week 10 starting on 8 March. The requirements related to the prevention of the spread of coronavirus have a wide-spread impact on private and public operators and the use of private and public spaces. Food inspectors conduct inspections for example in grocery stores and shopping malls. The Regional State Administrative Agency remains in charge of monitoring restaurants in accordance with the Communicable Diseases Act.

Hygiene practices and adherence to instructions concerning safe distances are inspected in connection with normal monitoring activities. In addition to this, inspections will also be carried out based on an epidemiological assessment and upon request by the Regional State Administrative Agency.

All customer premises must:

  • provide customers with the opportunity to clean their hands either by washing or using hand sanitiser
  • have sufficient hygiene instructions on display
  • position any customer seating according to sufficient safe distances and otherwise arrange sufficiently spacious customer areas so that safe distances may be observed
  • increase the cleaning of the premises and any surfaces.
  • display a written plan on how sufficient distances of the customers can be maintained. The requirement applies to public interior spaces that occupy 10 people or more. A template of the plan and answers to frequently asked questions are on Regional State Administrative Agencies website (link below).

Regional State Administrative Agencies have compiled questions and answers related to the requirements in the Communicable Diseases Act on their website (in Finnish). The Regional State Administrative Agency also maintains a COVID-19 service where you may request further information on the interpretation of the Communicable Diseases Act in terms of companies: koronainfo@avi.fi, telephone number: +358 (0)295 016 666, Mon–Fri 8–11:30 am and 12:30–4 pm.

You can submit feedback on Communicable Diseases Act requirements applied to locations in Helsinki at https://www.hel.fi/helsinki/en/administration/participate/feedback.


 

 



23.03.2021 16:58