Safe Takeout Practices during the COVID-19 Crisis

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The unprecedented onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many changes that have upended life in so many ways. More than one year into this pandemic crisis, we are all finding ways to cope with the many changes and restrictions that have come. Businesses like restaurants in Fort Lauderdale and all over the world where restrictions are still in place are finding ways to stay alive by focusing their efforts on alternative services. And one of those methods is by focusing on takeout services.

But is it really safe? And how do you make sure that you don’t contract the virus from getting takeout? Let’s talk about those things further.

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association has partnered with the American Hotel and Lodging Association as well as the National Restaurant Association to develop a set of reopening standards that hotels and restaurants in Fort Lauderdale must follow. Covered therein are a wide variety of areas, including cleaning and sanitizing, social distancing, food safety, and more. This set of standards is designed to increase safety and sanitation practices as well as restore consumer confidence. 

But even though these measures are in place, it can’t hurt to implement safe takeout practices on your end as a further precaution. Here’s how you do it:

Practice Social Distancing

By ordering takeout, you won’t have to go to potentially crowded restaurants. However, you still run the risk of getting in contact with the delivery guy when your food arrives. Many delivery apps have included the option of no-contact deliveries, which is perfect for social distancing because you don’t have to meet the courier in person. But if this option isn’t readily available, you can always include it in your delivery instructions.

Discard the Packaging

According to the CDC, there is a risk of contracting the virus from touching surfaces that have the virus on them. So make sure you throw out the packaging immediately. Evidence has been found indicating that it is possible for the virus to stay viable on cardboard for up to 24 hours and up to 3 days on plastic. It would also be best to avoid using containers and utensils that come with the food and use your own instead. Afterward, disinfect your counters and tables.

Wash Your Hands

It has always been important to wash your hands before eating, but it is all the more important right now. This practice is especially after discarding the takeout container. Wash your hands properly with soap and water for 20 seconds to completely kill any viruses you may have come into contact with.

By doing these things on top of the safety measures practiced by restaurants, you can significantly lessen the risks of contracting the virus even more. So as long as you are careful, you can go ahead and keep ordering takeout from your favorite restaurants. It will also be a good idea to order directly from the restaurant if you want to support local businesses since third-party delivery apps usually charge restaurants a lot for their delivery services.

Now, if you’re craving wholesome and healthy food, order from us at Tower Deli today. We also offer catering in Fort Lauderdale.

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