𝗕𝘆 𝗘𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝗧𝘂𝗹𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗸
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?
𝗔𝗰𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗗𝗿𝘂𝗴 𝗔𝗱𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻’𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗯𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗲, 𝗖𝗢𝗩𝗜𝗗-𝟭𝟵 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐚 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧𝐞 𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬:
“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.”
𝗦𝗼 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲𝘀 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝗖𝗮𝗽𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗱 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗲𝗿𝗿 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻?
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. U𝗹𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝗶𝘁’𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗯 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗼𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗮𝘁 𝗵𝗼𝗺𝗲. 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:
𝐈𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨: Last week’s lunch, a Salmon Banh Mi and mocha latte from Kender & Sisters Kitchen + Coffee (SO good!)