CBH imposes mandatory food-safety training for school vendors before they are allowed to resume service in September

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(REAL News)

As Education officials continue to prepare for the opening of the new school year in September, the Health authorities are trying to reduce the risk of transmitting the COVID-19 virus.

To this end, the Central Board of Health (CBH) will be undertaking food-safety training for those persons who vend in, or outside, a school compound or in the cafeteria.

The training will take place this Thursday, August 13, at 9 a.m. All vendors must attend, officials say, if they plan to resume operating at the respective schools.

Additionally, the CBH must approve each vendor before they are given permission to return to work.

Interested persons should “register at Central Board of Health, Upper Church Street, before Thursday,” a public notice advises.

School vendors have been displaced since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down regular school operations in March, and forced them to teach remotely via online learning platforms.

And even when schools re-opened to allow Fifth Formers to prepare for their July exams, vendors were not permitted to return and ply their trade. Instead, lunches were provided daily by the National School Meals Programme.

The current requirement for training is not new. Persons from many other sectors, including taxi drivers, were required to undergo some form of training before they returned to work in June, when the borders reopened.