City implements COVID-19 food safety inspections

17 Jul 2020

City of Newcastle has introduced a program to conduct COVID-19 safety inspections on food businesses in Newcastle.

The City’s Environmental Health officers will educate local businesses about COVID-19 Safety Plans and will also now undertake proactive compliance inspections of local cafes, restaurants and food courts.

The trial program aims to provide a positive impact to both food businesses and the community through improved COVID-19 safety compliance reducing the risk of virus transmission.

The program has been developed in response to requests for the City to support local food businesses to implement safety plans and will also respond to compliance complaints.

Food businesses must prepare and implement an effective COVID-19 Safety Plan in accordance with the NSW Public Health Order.

For further information on COVID-19 support including access to a food safety checklist, visit