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What is Coronavirus/Covid-19

WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) 

Coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus which was first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020. COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation on 12 March 2020.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.

With COVID-19 now spreading within communities, we are all responsible for taking extra precautions to ensure we practice good respiratory hygiene while those with symptoms should self-isolate in accordance with published guidelines.

Scottish Bakers and Coronavirus/COVID-19

As the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19 accelerates, we have summarised the main advice and have brought together links to the wider sources of information to help our members understand the risks, their responsibilities to employees and the steps necessary to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Slowing the Spread of COVID-19 The usual high standards of hygiene and food safety observed by bakery businesses as an operational requirement will ensure that routine cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched objects and surfaces, as recommended by the Government and NHS sources, will continue to keep potential infection sources at bay.

Members may choose to increase the frequency of routine environmental cleaning and disinfecting while the current situation continues. 

See our section on General Guidance and Links to online resources