Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, we’ve been advised to stay inside and to minimize human contact. One of the biggest challenges that creates is getting food.The health and safety of our patrons and staff remains our utmost priority. In response to COVID-19, we are closely monitoring news from the CDC and WHO and maintaining our food and safety guidelines and stepping up our strict sanitation protocols in all locations but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t order take out. During this pandemic, there are always risks, but there are also ways to mitigate those risks. We have some good practices — both in terms of health and ethics — for getting takeout:
Can I Get The Virus Through Food?
Covid-19 is a respiratory virus, and, much like influenza and others in this category, it spreads when humans cough or sneeze out tiny droplets of mucus and saliva. If it lands on a hard surface like a doorknob or countertop, the virus can survive anywhere from a few hours to a few days. We assure you we take this virus very seriously even if we are only ordering for take-out. Fortunately, there’s currently no evidence of coronavirus transmission through food. Few viruses can survive basic food safety measures, and fewer still can endure the acidic rollercoaster that is the human digestive system.
Concerned About Delivery?
Practice Social Distancing
Avoid meeting your delivery in person. Try a no contact delivery! Take the steps to help limit in-person contact. No contact allows you to designate where the food should be left. You can always request in your delivery instructions or over the phone to have the food left on your doorstep, in the lobby, or somewhere else.
Throw Out The Packaging
There is a risk of getting the virus by coming into contact with a surface that has the virus on it. We recommend discarding the packaging your takeout comes in as soon as possible and wash your hands straight after. Avoid using the containers and utensils that the food came in and use your own instead. As always a good idea to disinfect your counters and tables before and after eating.
Please Wash Your Hands!
You should always wash your hands before you eat, but it’s important now. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds maybe even longer.
Delivery workers are especially vulnerable to the virus, and they rely on that work for their livelihood. It’s important that you tip and tip generously. A 20 percent tip is normally the standard and tip more if you can.
During this time The Verano Group is here for you! Stay safe and healthy! Contact us with any questions!