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If you’re like me, then you love getting takeout and supporting local restaurants. The Cape offers so many choices and they’re all great. But is it safe? Can you get Coronavirus from takeout food….and is it worth the risk?

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“The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. This includes between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes […] foodborne exposure to this virus is not known to be a route of transmission.”

According to Sean O’Brien, Director of Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment, board of health officials are continuing to monitor businesses offering take-out food “to make sure precautions are taken.”

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The Underground Bakery in Dennis Village told Cape Media News on March 25, “We are in a more heightened alert. We use more aggressive substances, higher content bleach and [are] wiping down surfaces more often. We wipe down any surface someone may have touched.” They also installed a remote controlled door bell. When it gets busy, they can lock the door and urge customers to use the bell to limit the amount of people in the building at a time.

Megan Lazerty, front house manager for Siena Italian Grill & Bar in Mashpee, also stated on March 25th, that even though the kitchen staff have always been cleanly, extra precautions are now taken, “We are wearing gloves and bleaching the establishment even though [no customers are] going in or out, there’s hand sanitizer everywhere.” They also limited staff to 4 per shift and offer only curbside or delivery options to minimize the number of people in the building at a time.

Eat Cake 4 Breakfast Bakery, located in Brewster, announced on Facebook recently they will be switching over to online sales and shipping, both for the safety of their staff and customers. This operation launched on March 25th.

The Chocolate Rose / Cake Artistry & Fine Pastries in Mashpee also offers local, no contact, delivery with orders being taken online or over the phone only. This way we can have our cake…and eat it too! (See what I did there?)

Although this is a short list, it’s impressive how quickly so many local businesses have adapted. Many that didn’t provide online ordering or delivery have launched these options in a matter of days, showing their willingness to adjust and provide services during the COVID-19 crisis.

If restaurants and customers continue to follow sanitary precautions, we can reduce the risk of transmission, but at the end of the day, nothing is a 100% guarantee. So, continue to wash your hands thoroughly. Before eating, wipe down all packaging, discard what you don’t need, and eat the food off your own clean plate. U????????? ??’? ???? ?????? ??????? ??? ???? ?? ???? ???? ??????? ?? ???? ?? ????. Either way, in these trying times, food remains a comfort we should all indulge in.

For more information on the FDA’s food safety guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit:…/food-safety-and-coronavirus-disease-2…

?? ??? ?????: Last week’s lunch, a Salmon Banh Mi and mocha latte from Kender & Sisters Kitchen + Coffee (SO good!)

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