As of March 24, 2020 all food establishments must offer curbside takeout and delivery service only, or close to the public. Read the Governor’s Executive Order.
Food Establishments must follow the guidelines below for social distancing:
- Food service must be limited to service of food intended for off-premise consumption ONLY. Eliminate seating of patrons on the premises (indoors or outdoors).
- Home delivery of orders is allowed.
- Take-out orders should be delivered curbside by food establishment employee(s). To protect patrons and employees, patrons should not enter the food establishment.
- Management should encourage customers waiting to pick up orders to maintain a minimum of 6 foot spacing.
- Do not allow self-service of foods, including condiments and beverages, or single-service utensils, where multiple guests may handle common utensils.
- Management should identify and implement operational changes that increase employee separation; however, social distancing to the full 6 feet may not be possible in some food facilities. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the risk of an employee transmitting COVID-19 to another is dependent on distance between employees, the duration of the exposure, and the effectiveness of employee hygiene practices and sanitation. When it’s impractical for employees in these settings to maintain social distancing, effective hygiene practices should be maintained to reduce the chance of spreading the virus.
- Maintaining social distancing in the absence of effective hygiene practices may not prevent the spread of this virus. Food facilities should be vigilant in their hygiene practices, including frequent and proper hand-washing and routine cleaning of all surfaces.
For more information, visit the Virginia Department of Health’s website.