Business and Employee Advice during COVID-19

Following announcements by the NI Executive regarding the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, the council has responsibility for enforcing the correct implementation of the government guidance. We are keen to work with local businesses to offer support and guidance at this time.

More details on criteria for this phase of restrictions being eased can be found here

Updated support and guidance from relevant bodies is available at:

Guidance for hairdressers and beauty type salons can be found here:

Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic

These 12 guides cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory or fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe. More guidance will be published as more businesses are able to reopen.

If you would like further advice on preparing to reopen, please contact the Environmental Health Department on 028 9244 7300 or

General business guidance to make your workplace safer

The Environmental Services Unit are working with businesses to remind them of their health and safety responsibilities. During the current Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, business owners must take all reasonable steps to ensure that their staff and customers/ delivery people who come into their premises are not exposed to the virus and that steps are in place to control the spread.  The following links provide more information on this:

For a practical guide to making workplaces safer please click here

For a checklist to help you to put in place safe systems in your retail premises please click here.

For a copy of health and safety responsibliities for businesses and employers during COVID-19 please click here.

For a copy of social distancing poster to print please click here

For a queue full floor sticker to print click here

For a queue safely floor sticker to print please click here

For a store occupancy sign to print please click here

General guidance to all businesses providing food

Information is available below:

Social distancing poster to display in your premises

COVID-19 Risk Assessment

CIEH Delivery Advice

COVID-19 – Food Business Advice – FAQs               

Reopening checklist for Food Businesses                

Here to help food businesses campaign

We appreciate these are difficult times for everyone. If you require any further information, advice or support on health and safety issues or food control, please do not hesitate to contact Environmental Health on 028 9244 7300 or email: