Take It Home Safety Guidelines

Keeping each other safe

The goal is to minimize contact between staff and consumers and provide safety guidelines for the public and kitchens to use while handling carryout food. Please note, these are all suggestions for safe food handling. Please refer to the CDC for updated guidelines.

Suggestions for ordering safe take-out:

  • When picking up food to go or curbside, practice “contactless” pick up.
  • Prepay for all orders online or over the phone by giving credit card information.
  • Ask to add gratuity if it isn’t already included. If you must sign a credit card receipt upon pick up, bring your own pen.
  • If using a communal pen, the restaurant should offer disinfectant wipes that have an alcohol percentage higher than 60 percent.
  • Restaurants should also offer readily available hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building. Do not pay or tip with cash.
  • Restaurant workers need to have a counter or table to put the bag of food down on so guests can pick up without touching employees or coming within six feet of employees or other people.
  • No direct contact should occur at any time for the safety of restaurant workers and consumers.
  • If a line has formed of customers, please remember to stay at least six feet away from all other people.

Additional suggestions for customers:

  • Take to-go food home immediately.
  • Do not try to eat the food in the dining room of the restaurant.
  • Upon arriving home, wash your hands.
  • Transfer food to your personal dishes.
  • Wash your hands after handling to-go containers.
  • If your food is served in plastic containers, you can use warm soapy water or disinfectant wipes on the exterior of the container.
  • Dispose of all to-go containers and bags as soon as possible.

Restaurant Operating Protocols

This information was last updated June 5, 2020

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