The following is advice for the general public to keep themselves safe when they receive home deliveries, or go shopping for their own or others people's food during the coronavirus outbreak:

Consider getting your food delivered

  • If you are on the list of vulnerable persons you should consider having foods delivered.
  • Order via telephone or online.
  • Always check if you are ordering food for someone else if they any allergies or in tolerances.  If they do, then ensure that the food business is contacted directly and their allergy or intolerance is discussed in detail.  This is particularly important for takeaway deliveries.
  • Pay electronically when you order your food wherever possible rather than paying with cash when it is delivered.
  • Ask the delivery person to leave the groceries outside your door and to keep a 2 meters distance from people.
  • You may want to request that the delivery person telephone when they are outside the property, this is so that the food is not left outside for periods of time.
  • All nonporous food packaging or containers should be disinfected with a suitable disinfectant spray or wipes before you store them away. 
  • Thoroughly wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • All surfaces where your food bags have been placed should be disinfected as above.  
  • Where suitable surface disinfectants are unavailable you should adequately clean any surfaces using detergent and hot water. 

If shopping from a food store or takeaway premises

  • If you are in a high risk group, don't go shopping, ask for help from family, friends and neighbours.
  • Ensure you do not have coronavirus symptoms if you are leaving the house to go shopping for food.
  • Consider if it is critical for you to go to the shops and only go when necessary (ideally, once a week).
  • Go shopping at a quiet time - look at the food businesses website to see if there are specific times to shop for certain groups, e.g. elderly or key workers etc.
  • Make a shopping list and know where you are going, don't loiter.
  • Keep 2 metres distance from other customers and staff.  Some food businesses will have 2 metre markers placed at tills and counters, this may be tape on the floor or similar.  These markers are for everyone's benefit, so please adhere to them.
  • If you have antibacterial wipes, clean/ disinfect the trolley handle or basket handle before going into the shop. The stores themselves should also be carrying this out.
  • Do not stand too close to food counters, other people shopping or staff - keep a 2 meter distance from others.
  • Pay contactless/electronically rather than using cash.
  • Use hand sanitizer after going through the checkout if you have this.  If not, then ensure that hands are washed as soon as possible for 20 seconds.
  • Disinfect all nonporous food packaging or containers with a suitable disinfectant spray or wipes before you store them away. 
  • Wash open fruit and vegetables by washing under the tap and scrubbing with a soft brush.
  • After handling food and food packaging thoroughly wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Disinfect all surfaces where your food bags have been and your reusable shopping bags.
  • Where suitable surface disinfectants are unavailable you should adequately clean any surfaces using detergent and hot water. 
  • If you have been shopping for people who are vulnerable or self-isolating it is important that you maintain a safe 2 metre distance when dropping of the supplies and that they disinfect the shopping, bags and surfaces. 
  • If purchasing food for others consider asking them to contact the premises to establish if there is an alternative payment method, or by bank transfer rather than cash.

Remember only shop when needed, observe social distancing and maintain hygiene in order to keep yourself and those you care about safe.

Links to some of the supermarkets

These are links to some of the supermarkets online/telephone ordering:

Aldi

Lidl 

AsdaMorrison's
BoothsOcado
Co-opSainsbury's
Marks and SpencersTesco
IcelandWaitrose

Please note under the circumstances certain supermarkets may not be able to offer online orders.

Online ordering platforms

Links to some of the online ordering platforms for takeaway foods:

For further information or advice

Contact Commercial Regulatory Services, Environmental Health, Town Hall. Call - 01772 906907 or email info@preston.gov.uk.

Stay At Home

You should only leave the house for very limited purposes:

*shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible

*one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household

*any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person

*travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home

further information on Staying at Home

Wash Your Hands for at Least 20 Seconds;

*when you get to work or arrive home

*after you blow your nose

*cough or sneeze

*before you eat or handle food

*regularly throughout the day