Environmental health services - Coronavirus
The Environmental Health service is still operational and responding to service requests from businesses and the public whilst ensuring the latest government guidelines are being followed. We are committed to meet statutory regulations and will continue to carry out duties to protect public health, public safety and animal welfare at this time.
On these pages you can find out about current arrangements for our services and advice environmental health matter during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
- Check if you can still operate your business
- Social distancing when operating your business
- What checks you should continue to make if your business is closed
- Help for the farming community
- Private water supplies
- Food law for businesses
- Food advice for voluntary groups
- Neighbour issues
- Dog control and animal welfare
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Following the announcement by the First Minister on the 20th March 2020, all pubs, cafes and restaurants were asked to close for business with the exception of businesses who provide takeaway food items.
Members of the public and businesses are being asked to follow government guidelines in regard to identifying whether or not their business is 'essential' or 'non-essential'.
As per government advice, social distancing – keeping at least two metres separation distance between individuals, should be followed at all times. This includes operations within a business, as well as accepting deliveries from suppliers and delivering products to customers.
The use of contactless payments and introducing a queuing system to limit the number of people in a premise should also be considered.
To keep your water supply safe and prevent colonisation by legionella bacteria, you should run all taps (hot and cold, internal and external) and showers, for at least 5 minutes once a week. For showers, remove the shower head, if possible, before you do this. If this regular weekly flushing is done you will save work when you come to reopen the premises once the current restrictions are lifted.
Make regular checks in and around your premises for pests, including rats and mice, and ensure your premises are adequately proofed and that proofing remains intact. If you have food stored within your premises check your storage areas regularly for signs of pests. Detailed advice is available from the British Pest Control Association.
Scotland’s Farm Advisory Service have developed a Farm Emergency Plan template to help farmers prepare valuable information in the event of illness.
Following below average rainfall over the winter months in Aberdeenshire there is increasing pressure on water supplies and forecast rain is not expected to replenish supplies sufficiently.
Aberdeenshire Council and Scottish Water are preparing to provide support to properties which experience water shortages and are encouraging everyone to use water wisely.
Private water supply users are being encouraged to:
- ensure your supply is secure, with no leaks
- consider moving livestock to an alternative supply
- take timed showers as opposed to baths
- ensure washing machine and dishwasher are fully loaded
- harvest rainwater for gardening use
- contact neighbours, from a safe distance, to discuss your contingency plan