Can you get COVID-19 in restaurants through the food?
Since the coronavirus is a respiratory disease, it can only be transmissible through respiratory droplets. Thus, it is unlikely for people to get the virus from food and food containers.
Also, there are still no known cases of respiratory diseases, especially coronaviruses, that can be contracted through food and food packaging.
Restaurant guidelines for COVID-19
Can you get COVID-19 in restaurants? There is indeed a risk. Aside from the no mask, no entry policy, according to the Department of Trade and Industry, here are the guidelines restaurants and food chains must observe now that they’re allowed to offer dine-in services in GCQ (general community quarantine) areas:
Health evaluation form and health check at the entrance.
Before entering the food establishment, a service crew or staff must inform the customer to fill out a health evaluation form. The health evaluation form is a way for the restaurant to know if the customer is not showing any symptoms of COVID-19.
It also makes contact tracing more doable if ever one of the customers or staff have contracted the virus. A crew must also check the customer’s temperature, making sure that it’s no more than 37.5℃.
Restaurants can refuse to service customers with high body temperature and are showing symptoms of COVID-19.
Physical distancing and contactless service
Can you get COVID-19 in restaurants? Yes, that is why you must strictly follow guidelines. Physical distancing is still mandatory in all public places, including food establishments. Customers must follow marking where they can stand and wait for their turn to order.
The register counter must have a barrier that separates the customer and the staff. Other restaurants will get the customer’s order right away, and some give out numbers and instruct their patrons to wait until its their turn.
After ordering, the customer must place the payment in a tray near the counter to avoid physical contact.
Restaurants can offer dine-in services if they observe the following conditions:
- One meter distance between the chairs and tables.
- Customers can sit at one table if they observe proper social distancing.
- Face-to-face dining is possible if there are dividers the separate the customers.
No self-service policy
To avoid surface contamination, DTI restricts restaurants from putting up self-service corners for condiments and utensils. Also, buffet restaurants still do not have permission to operate at this moment.