April 6, 2020
REVISED FOOD ESTABLISHMENT NOTICE
April 6, 2020
(PREVIOUS NOTICE 3/16/20)
The Brookline Department of Public Health has been pleased with the level of compliance and cooperation from all food establishments during this COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. In order to better address Health and Safety concerns the Commissioner of Public Health issues the following notice:
Effective April 7, 2020 all Food Establishments deemed essential under the State Order dated March 31. 2020 must follow the following requirements:
- All establishment staff must wear protective face covering, gloves and eye protection during all service in the establishment
- All establishments are required to install temporary Plexiglas type barriers at customer service counter areas.
- Customers must wear protective face covering while shopping in the establishment.
- All entry doors must be posted – advising customers that face covering and social Distancing (6 foot separation) must be maintained inside and outside the establishment. Establishment staff must supervise and enforce this requirement.
- Establishments must increase employee illness surveillance by 1). Continuing to ask if staff have been exposed to COVID-19. 2) Ensuring employees don’t come to work while ill 3) Taking a daily temperature reading of employees at the start of each work shift. Daily surveillance must be recorded by staff noting employee and position.
- Establishments that are offering takeout service, the Department of Public Health request establishment’s transition to Contact Free method of sales. Contact Free sales involve:
- Having customers order and pay online or over the phone for their food products
- Products can then be placed in a pickup location at the entry area of the establishment.
- Curb side pickups is an option. Should you need a temporary “No Parking Sign for Take Out/Pick Up” please contact: Meredith L. Mooney at firstname.lastname@example.org for a sign request.
FOOD DELIVERY SERVICE:
The Department of Public Health is continuing to receive calls from customers concerned about delivery drivers not following barrier protection and sanitary service protocols. Food service delivery drivers and delivery service companies must implement the following practices:
- Advise the customer you will be conducting a Contact Free delivery
- Take full payment including tip online or over the phone
- Receive directions for where the customer wants their food placed (i.e. on steps, by garage, front porch, in mailbox etc.…)
- Delivery staff must wear protective mask, gloves and eye protection during delivery service to the customer.
- Delivery packaging must stay closed and sealed. If the delivery package seal has been compromised the delivery must be denied.
- All pens, swipe card devices, portable delivery holding/warming units must be wiped down with a sanitizing wipe or solution before and after each delivery.