Local Health Unit talks take-out food safety during COVID-19 pandemic
Pictured, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit. (Supplied by Health Unit, Facebook)
The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit say many people are taking advantage of take-out meals offered at restaurants.
The Health Unit says Public Health Inspectors have worked with each restaurant to make sure they follow safe food handling practices and minimize contact with the public as people pick up their food.
The Health Unit suggests keeping the duration of contact to a minimum, maintaining six feet of distance and washing hands or using hand sanitizer between exchanges of food with the public. People who pick up food should wash their hands before they eat the food, according to the Health Unit.
The Public Health Agency of Canada says currently there is no evidence to suggest that food is a likely source or route of transmission of the virus and there are currently no reported cases of COVID-19 transmission through food. They also say people are unlikely to be infected with the virus through food.
If a restaurant employee has lab confirmed COVID-19, the Health Unit will follow up to assess whether the public was at risk from contact with this person.
Health Unit staff are answering COVID-19 related questions and concerns for the public from 8:30 to 4:30 every day at 1-800-660-5853 extension 2499. Public Health Inspectors are also available to discuss environmental health concerns.
More information about COVID-19 can be found on the Health Unit’s website here and on their social media.