We’re just beginning to understand the public health impact of COVID-19. Many are also dealing with the impact on businesses as well. Hard-working owners, operators, farmers, delivery drivers, staff, and just about everyone in the food business.
Restaurants and food-service establishments in Florida have been directed to close dining rooms and use their kitchens solely for takeout and delivery purposes through May 8, according to an executive order issued this afternoon by Gov. Ron DeSantis. (Naples Daily News)
Multnomah County put together a nice guide answering some important questions. Obviously you’ll want to contact your own state for better information but we thought we’d at least give you some basics and answer a few questions that seem to pertain to all states:
What are the known transmissions of COVID-19?
The virus is spread mainly from person to person:
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
It may be possible to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your own mouth, nose or possibly your eyes.
I’m showing symptoms. Should I stay home?
We recommend anyone who is feeling ill stay home.
I’m a restaurant operator. Can I still sell food?
Yes, but you can only sell food for takeout.
Are there any additional requirements I need to follow to prepare for delivery?
No. Just follow general food safety practices when preparing food. Keep cars clean, limit interactions with customers and remind them to wash their hands before eating. The goal should be “contact-less delivery” to protect employees and customers.
Should I wear a mask when preparing food?
No, masks should only be worn for people experiencing symptoms. If you are experiencing symptoms, you should not be at work.
Can customers walk through the dining room to get a to-go order? Or should a table be set up near the door?
Customers can come into the facility but may not consume food on site.
Again, it’s important to get in touch with your own state, inspector, or doctor for answering more questions but we hope this guide is a helpful start. We are hoping all of our customers stay safe during this tough times and we are confident that together as a community and country that we will get through it.