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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health

Guidelines for Opening a Food Premises

Interested in opening a food premises? Certain processes must be followed. Please review the guidelines below for Pre-opening Requirements, as well as special considerations for a Mobile Food Premises, or a Home Based Business.

Pre-Opening Requirements

1.  Complete the online Notification of Food Premises Opening form or print the Notification form.*

* Under the Health Protection and Promotion Act it is a requirement to notify Public Health of intention to commence a food premises. Failure to do so may result in fines.

2.  Submit completed form to Hastings Prince Edward Public Health at least 14 business days before the opening of the establishment to arrange for a pre-opening inspection with the area Public Health Inspector.

All newly constructed food premises or those undergoing significant alterations must also:

3.  Submit two sets of plans showing the layout of the food preparation areas and equipment.

Mobile Food Premises

“Mobile food premises means a trailer, cart or vehicle-mounted food premises or other itinerant food premises which is capable of being readily moved and in which food is prepared and offered for sale to the public” (O. Reg. 493/17: Food Premises).

There are some specific requirements for mobile food premises, as outlined by the province.

Home-Based Food Premises

A home-based business is permitted under the revised Health Protection and Promotion Act, provided the premises is inspected by Public Health and complies with the Food Premises Regulation. Follow the guidelines above for Pre-Opening Requirements.

Need More Information About Guidelines for Opening a Food Premises?

Call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext 677.

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

Individuals 12 and over who have not yet had a first dose, or those who meet the minimum second dose interval are now eligible to attend HPEPH walk-in clinics. To view the schedule, visit the Booking and Eligibility Page.

If you attended a clinic and did not receive an email copy of your vaccination receipt you can download a copy off the provincial booking site at Ontario.ca/bookvaccine.

PHARMACY-BASED VACCINATIONS

Individuals 12 and over can also receive their vaccination at participating local pharmacies. Please visit covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations for location and registration information.

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS IN HPEPH

On Friday, July 16 at 12:01 a.m., Ontario moved to Step 3  of the the Roadmap to Reopen. We must all continue to follow the public health measures, advice and restrictions. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people in Step 3, and distancing must be maintained. For more information, visit our COVID-19 page.

POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO COVID-19?

If you are concerned about potential exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, please be reassured that any contacts of a confirmed case will be contacted directly and monitored by public health.

Low-risk and indirect contacts should self monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the time of potential exposure and seek testing if symptoms develop. Low risk contacts do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop, and can continue to attend school/work/daycare while monitoring for symptoms.