According to the World Health Organisation (WHO)
- There is currently no evidence that food is a likely source or route of transmission of the virus.
- Human coronaviruses are spread from someone infected with COVID-19 virus to other close contacts with that person through contaminated droplets spread by coughing or sneezing, or by contact with contaminated hands, surfaces or objects.
- It is unsure how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g., type of surface, temperature, or humidity of the environment). If you think a surface may be contaminated, clean it with a standard household disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.
Resources for ASCA Members
ASCA COVID-19 Business Isolation Policy Template
ASCA Good Business Practise COVID-19 Template
Coronavirus Business Information and Assistance
Keep up to date with the latest advice and assistance from government agencies.
Australian & State Governments – Coronavirus information and support for business
Australian Tax Office – Coronavirus information and assistance for business
Advice about Employment Issues
Managing your staff will need close attention – obtain advice from FairWork, industry associations and your legal adviser.
Fairwork Australia – Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws
Safe Work Australia –Coronavirus advice for business operators
Social Security for Staff – Job Seeker Benefit and Sickness Allowance
A Lawyer’s Advice – What Employees Need to Know About Coronavirus
Beyond Blue – Mental Health during COVID-19 Crisis
Resources for Staff Training and Information
It’s time to step up the training of all staff, both kitchen, front of house and management.
What Hospitality Trainers Can Do – PDF guide to resources
How to Wash Your Hands (video 37 secs.) and Handwashing101 (video 2.5 mins.)
How to protect yourself against COVID-19 (video 100 sec.) World Health Organisation
Coronavirus in the Workplace (video 34 min.) World Health Organisation
How Hospitality & Restaurant Trainers can Work Remotely
Hygiene & Food Safety Posters
Health Information and Advice
Rely on trusted sources for the latest information, and keep your staff informed.
World Health Organisation – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) technical guidance
Australian Dept of Health – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources