Restaurants remain shuttered for the foreseeable future and customers are limited to takeout, curbside and delivery options, prompting concern among some about the safety of handling food.
Anna Tauzin, Chief Revenue and innovation Office for the Texas Restaurant Association, says it is.
She says staff are being updated with the latest in CDC guidelines, highlighting that the CDC and World Health Organization have confirmed multiple times that Covid 19 is not a foodborne illness. “Some of that includes setting a bag on a table so that they can pick it up themselves, or placing the food inside the car without any skin-to-skin contact,” she tells KTRH News. “I’ve also seen some restaurants disinfect one canister of pens and put used pens on the other side of the table.” It’s protects any transmission when credit card checks are signed.
She says restaurants can access their website to find all the latest best practices.
She says it’s imperative to support all restaurants, especially independent ones. They are often the ones who support the local t-ball team and sports activities at schools, charitable events in the community and showing support for first responders. Now they need us.
Many are participating in the Comfort Care Food Package program. It allows consumers to purchase care packages online from their favorite local restaurant that then get delivered to a family in need. Tauzin says it’s a way for consumers who want to support their local restaurants to also help neighbors who can use a meal.