3.6.2020 More information: Regional State Administrative Agencies
Restaurants will again be allowed to serve food on their premises as from 1 June. However, provisions on restrictions concerning food and beverage service businesses will be laid down in a temporary amendment to the Communicable Diseases Act. The restrictions will not apply to staff restaurants or take-away sales of food and beverages. The act will enter into force on 1 June 2020 and it will stay in force until 31 October 2020.
Restaurants continue to be able to sell take-away meals to customers and to food courier service providers from their premises.
Staff restaurants and site canteens
As from 1 June, all restaurants will again be allowed to serve food on their premises. However, provisions on restrictions concerning food and beverage service businesses will be laid down in a temporary amendment to the Communicable Diseases Act. Nevertheless, these restrictions do not apply to staff restaurant activities or takeaway sales of food and beverages. The customers of a staff restaurant comprise the personnel of a specific community, foundation or institute or a group of people that is limited in some other way. Such staff restaurants include the canteens of daycare centres, schools, hospitals and prisons and the staff restaurants of industrial plants.
A staff restaurant is not a public lunch restaurant in which anyone can have a meal. Instead, it has to be restricted for the use of the personnel of a specific workplace.
The above-mentioned places serving food must take into account THL's general instructions for the prevention of infections when serving food. Below you will find instructions for organisers of staff restaurants:
- Remind everyone that they should enter the restaurant only after they have carefully washed their hands
- Place hand sanitisers to the beginning of the buffet line, if possible
- If possible, stagger the meal hours and remind everyone about maintaining a safe social distance
- If possible, switch from self-service buffets to portions served by the personnel
- If you use self-service buffets, replace or wash the utensils more frequently or use disposable utensils, if possible
- Clean the surfaces that people touch (also spice shakers, butter knives, etc.) more frequently
- At meals, people should keep as much social distance as possible