How to Order Food Delivery Safely

March 24, 2020

Restaurants in New Jersey and many parts of the world are shut down to dine-in servicein an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Many restaurants have offered the option to pick-up meals or provide home delivery. You may be wondering – is it safe? Here’s what you need to know:

Can you get COVID-19 from take-out or delivery food?

There is currently no evidence of food being associated with COVID-19 transmission, according to both the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Restaurants regularly follow food safety regulations and practice safe food handling techniques. Many restaurants are taking extra precautions and cleaning even more frequently amid the pandemic.

Before preparing or eating food it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety.

Can you get COVID-19 from food purchased at the grocery store?

In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated or frozen temperatures, according to the CDC.

Steps you can take to protect yourself

It’s OK to order your favorite takeout during this time of social distancing. A comforting dish might just be the thing you need to get you through the day. Keep these tips in mind:

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds before you eat anything.
  • Throw away outer bags that were handled by delivery persons.
  • Ask for a “contact-less” delivery. Your driver will drop off the bag at your door and text you.
  • See if grocery delivery is available in your neighborhood.
  • Pay online or over the phone in order to avoid exchanging a credit card or cash at the door.
  • Avoid sharing drinks or utensils.

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