8 June 2020 Provisions on reopening the food and beverage service businesses that were closed because of the coronavirus epidemic (3 April 2020 at 24:00) and on the conditions for their operation have been laid down in a Government decree (173/2020)
Monitoring of compliance with the obligations and restrictive measures laid down in and based on section 58a of the Communicable Diseases Act in food premises (or in operations in the food industry)
- the Regional State Administrative Agencies supervise this and also provide instructions and guidance on the matter
- the Regional State Administrative Agencies implement the monitoring in cooperation with other authorities, such as the municipal food control authorities
- the municipal food control authorities can observe compliance with the provisions and provide instructions and guidance locally alongside their normal monitoring work. Municipalities can use the Regional State Administrative Agency’s instructions when providing advice to companies. The municipal food control and the companies can use the Regional State Administrative Agency’s instructions in organising their operations.
- if the municipal food control authority observes violations of the restrictive measures, it will contact the Regional State Administrative Agency of its area. Municipalities do not have the competence to issue requests or orders regarding the requirements of the Communicable Diseases Act and the Decree issued under it.
- in addition to the monitoring, the provision of instructions and advice related to the implementation will also be centralised to the Regional State Administrative Agencies.
Inspections and monitoring
On 4 May 2020, the Government outlined that the restrictive measures issued because of the special circumstances caused by COVID-19 would gradually be lifted. The municipal food control authority should take the effects of lifting these restrictive measures into account in its monitoring work. The policies outlined by the Government are available here.