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Coronavirus - Legionella guidance

Reduce the risk of Legionella in closed buildings

As offices, shops and hotels are closed, it's important to limit the Legionella risks as water may stagnate in empty buildings. Hot and cold-water systems should be used at least once a week to reduce this risk. 

If you are in charge of an empty building, you may need to set up a flushing regime or consider draining the system. See the Health and Safety Executive website and the European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease for more advice.

For swimming pools, sports centres or spas, see the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group Code of Practice and their advice on temporary pool closures

For symptoms of Legionnaires disease, go to the NHS website.

Email the Food and Safety Team: regulatoryservices@guildford.gov.uk for more information.