Throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, our priority is to protect public health, while providing support and advice to businesses across the Falkirk Council area.

Falkirk Council, along with all of mainland Scotland, has moved from Level 4 to a Temporary Lockdown, with new guidance to stay at home except for essential purposes.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 provide the legal requirements.

Our Environmental Health and Trading Standards Officers are continuing to make sure that local businesses are complying with legal requirements contained in the Regulations as well as guidance provided for their particular sector.

If you have an enquiry about your business please contact us at publichealth@falkirk.gov.uk so we can assist you meet these requirements.


    Guidance and checklists for businesses to follow

    Scottish Government has produced guidance and checklists for a number of sectors (keep checking these as they are updated as Regulations and Guidance change):

    Additional information can be found on our health and safety at work and food safety pages.

    Guidance is also available for retail customers and tourism and hospitality customers.


    Positive Coronavirus (COVID-19) case within a business

    Employers/managers should ensure all staff and customers are aware of the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and should not attend your workplace if they are experiencing symptoms.

    If a staff member becomes unwell they must immediately self-isolate and book a test.

    As soon as you become aware you should take action, rather than wait until a test result is received. This would involve additional cleaning and disinfection of areas used by the individual displaying symptoms. Guidance on appropriate environmental decontamination (cleaning and disinfection) can be found in Health Protection Scotland's: COVID-19 - guidance for non-healthcare settings. Ensure that appropriate PPE is provided for anyone carrying out the cleaning.

    If a positive case is identified within your business you should email publichealth@falkirk.gov.uk with the following:

    • details of the premises
    • name of the positive case
    • date symptoms started (or if no symptoms the date of the test)
    • last day at the premises

    This information will be passed to an appropriate officer within Falkirk Council Environmental Health who may be in contact to obtain more information.

    The positive case will be contacted directly by NHS Test & Protect to complete contact tracing and it's important they give full information to allow any close contacts to be identified. Test & Protect may also contact the business for further information.

    Any close contacts of the positive case will have to self-isolate until a specified date to prevent the spread of the infection.

    If you have the following:

    • two or more linked cases (confirmed or suspected) of Coronavirus (COVID-19) reported in the business within 14 days - where cross transmission has been identified; or
    • an increase in staff absence rates due to suspected or confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    You may have an outbreak and you should contact NHS Forth Valley Test & Protect (fv.contacttracingteam@nhs.scot) as well as Falkirk Council Environmental Health (publichealth@falkirk.gov.uk).

    Food Standards Scotland and Public Health Scotland have produced The investigation of COVID-19 outbreaks in food businesses document. This gives information on what you should expect if an outbreak is suspected at your workplace. While this focuses on food businesses, similar procedures will be in place for non-food businesses.


    Report a concern about a business

    If you have concerns about a business in Falkirk not complying with the requirements, please report your concerns to Environmental Health & Trading Standards.