Are restaurants reopening in New York?

Governor Cuomo Announces Indoor Dining in New York City Allowed to Resume Beginning September 30 with 25 Percent Occupancy Limit

Is quarantine mandatory for travelers arriving to New York State during the COVID-19 pandemic?

As of June 25, 2021, the New York State Travel Advisory is no longer in effect. As such, travelers arriving in New York are no longer required to submit traveler health forms. All travelers, domestic and international, should continue to follow all CDC travel requirements.

Can you get the coronavirus disease from takeout food from a restaurant?

The virus is not transmitted through foods, it’s not a food-borne pathogen like the viruses and bacteria that cause what we often refer to as “food poisoning”. This means that uncooked or cold foods, like salad or sushi, do not pose any additional risk of coronavirus exposure.

Should masks be worn in bars and restaurants during COVID-19?

Masks are currently recommended for employees and for customers as much as possible when not eating or drinking and when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. These masks (sometimes called cloth masks) are meant to protect other people in case the wearer is infected.

What is the New York alert?

NY-Alert is New York State’s Mass Notification System used to warn citizens of emergencies and critical information in a timely manner to help protect lives and keep New Yorkers safe. By signing up for NY-Alert, you can receive warnings and emergency information via the web, your cell phone, email and other technologies.

What are contact tracers in New York state for COVID-19?

Contact Tracers work with people who have tested positive for COVID-19 to identify people they have had contact with and let them know they may have been exposed to the disease.

If you get a call from “NYS Contact Tracing” (518-387-9993), PLEASE answer the phone.

How do I handle self-service food buffets such as salad bars in a retail setting related to COVID-19?

In communities with sustained transmission of COVID-19, state and local health authorities have implemented social-distancing measures which discourage or prohibit dining in congregate settings. We also recommend discontinuing self-service buffets and salad bars until these measures are lifted.

What are the COVID-19 infection risk levels of different restaurant services?

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● Lowest Risk: Food service limited to drive-through, delivery, take-out, and curb-side pick up.
● More Risk: Drive-through, delivery, take-out, and curb-side pick up emphasized. On-site dining limited to outdoor seating. Seating capacity reduced to allow tables to be spaced at least 6 feet apart.
● Higher Risk: On-site dining with indoor seating capacity reduced to allow tables to be spaced at least 6 feet apart. And/or on-site dining with outdoor seating, but tables not spaced at least six feet apart.
● Highest Risk: On-site dining with indoor seating. Seating capacity not reduced and tables not spaced at least 6 feet apart.

What are some guidelines for restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Ensure adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors. Supplies include soap, hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol (placed on every table, if supplies allow), paper towels, tissues, disinfectant wipes, masks (as feasible), and no-touch/foot pedal trash cans.

How should food retail businesses clean during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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To disinfect, use products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2external, diluted household bleach solutions prepared according to the manufacturer’s label for disinfection, or alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and are appropriate for the surface. Follow manufacturer’s directions for use.

Clean frequently touched shelving, displays, and reach-in refrigerator units nightly when closed to the public. Conduct frequent cleaning of employee break rooms, rest areas, and other common areas. Clean grocery carts and baskets. Require employees to clean out lockers nightly to facilitate overnight deep cleaning pr

Is it safe to eat from salad bars during the coronavirus outbreak?

In communities with sustained transmission of COVID-19, state and local health authorities have implemented social-distancing measures which discourage or prohibit dining in congregate settings. We also recommend discontinuing self-service buffets and salad bars until these measures are lifted.

Can the coronavirus disease be transmitted through food and food packaging?

The USDA and the FDA are sharing this update based upon the best available information from scientific bodies across the globe, including a continued international consensus that the risk is exceedingly low for transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to humans via food and food packaging.

Should food facilities perform any special cleaning or sanitation procedures for COVID-19?

CDC recommends routine cleaning of all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.

What precautions should I take while preparing food at home during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Wash your hands, kitchen utensils, and food preparation surfaces, including chopping boards and countertops, before and after preparing fruits and vegetables. Clean fruits and vegetables before eating, cutting, or cooking, unless the package says the contents have been washed.

Can I get COVID-19 from a food worker handling my food?

Currently, there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19. However, the virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person in some communities in the U.S.

Should grocery stores perform any special cleaning procedures because of the coronavirus disease?

CDC recommends routine cleaning of all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.

How should the facility be cleaned to limit spread of COVID-19?

Cleaning with products containing soap or detergent reduces germs on surfaces and objects by removing contaminants and may also weaken or damage some of the virus particles, which decreases risk of infection from surfaces. Cleaning high touch surfaces and shared objects once a day is usually enough to sufficiently remove virus that may be on surfaces unless someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 has been in your facility. For more information on cleaning your facility regularly and cleaning your facility when someone is sick, see Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility.

How can you keep grocery store workers safe from the coronavirus disease?

Provide employees with access to soap, clean running water, and materials for drying their hands, and provide alcohol-based hand sanitizers containing at least 60% alcohol at stations around the establishment for use by both workers and customers.

Maintain a healthy work environment Institute measures to physically separate and increase distance between employees, other coworkers, and customers, such as: Configure partitions with a pass-through opening at the bottom of the barrier in checkout lanes, customer service desks, and pharmacy and liquor store counters

How can I stay safe while grocery shopping?

  • Stay at least six-feet away from other shoppers.
  • Don’t shake hands, hug or have any physical contact.
  • Wipe down grocery carts or basket handles with disinfectant wipes if you have them.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Wear a cloth face mask.
  • While waiting and after leaving the store, use hand sanitizer if you have it.

Are grocery workers at risk from the coronavirus disease?

As a grocery or food retail worker, potential sources of exposures include close contact for prolonged periods of time with a customer with COVID-19 and touching your nose, mouth, or eyes after handling items, cash, or merchandise that customers with COVID-19 have touched.

How long does COVID-19 survive for on clothing?

Research suggests that COVID-19 doesn’t survive for long on clothing, compared to hard surfaces, and exposing the virus to heat may shorten its life.

What should I do when shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Practice social distancing while shopping – keeping at least 6 feet between you, other shoppers, and store employees. Keep your hands away from your face. Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds when you return home and again after you put away your groceries.

Is it safe to shop for food during the COVID-19 pandemic?

As grocery shopping remains a necessity during this pandemic, many people have questions about how to shop safely. We want to reassure consumers that there is currently no evidence of human or animal food or food packaging being associated with transmission of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Is it safe for me to go out for shopping?

If you have had no suspected exposure to the virus and you have no symptoms, you can go shopping yourself. Limit the number of trips you make, so buy enough for a week or two.

What do I need to know to keep myself and others safe when I go to the grocery store during the COVID-19 pandemic?

There are steps you can take to help protect yourself, grocery store workers and other shoppers, such as wearing a face covering, practicing social distancing, and using wipes on the handles of the shopping cart or basket.