Since the novel coronavirus outbreak, people across the world have been advised to stay home and avoid non-essential human contact. One of the toughest issues this creates is getting food. Dining-in is no longer responsible, but ordering delivery food and carryout is still a safe option.
According to the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is little evidence to show that coronavirus can be transmitted through food packaging or food itself. While there is always a risk, there are also ways to reduce those risks.
Whether your foodservice establishment is offering delivery for the first time, or you just need a refresher during this pandemic, follow these best practices to keep your team and your customers safe.
Practice Socially-Distant Deliveries
Remind your customers to practice social distancing when ordering delivery, and talk to your team about taking a contact-free delivery approach. If you’re using a service like Postmates or Grubhub, customers can designate where food may be left, like a stoop or porch. If you are handling all aspects of delivery yourself, instruct your team to ask customers where the food should be left to avoid contact.
Take Proper Safety Measures
The CDC recommends routine cleaning of all frequently-touched surfaces in the workplace, including doorknobs, countertops and workstations. Use the right cleaning agents and respect dwell times for proper disinfection.
Make every effort to provide a safe and healthy work environment for your team. This includes making soap, water and hand sanitizer readily available, encouraging wearing masks, training your team on proper sanitation practices and may include reworking your stations and plans to increase distance between workers as much as possible.
Stock Up on Foodservice Supplies
Our online catalog includes everything you need to keep your foodservice establishment safe, healthy and productive during the pandemic, including supplies for delivery and carryout. We provide a wide variety of foodservice disposables from top manufacturers, including DART, Genpak, WinCup and more.
Our foam hinged carryout containers from DART are a carryout and delivery essential! These containers are stackable and have high insulation properties to keep hot food hot and cold foods cold. Vent holes on the sidewalls of the lid preserve food quality by allowing steam to escape, and they feature locking tabs to prevent accidental openings. When closed, a perimeter seal keeps food secure and reduces leaks. View these and other foodservice disposables in our online catalog, and give us a call at 800-821-2389 if you have any questions.