Please visit www.coronavirus.ohio.gov for information about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Ohio, including latest developments and frequently asked questions.
COVID-19 Guidance for School Food Service Operations
The Ohio Department of Health Food Safety Program has developed COVID-19 Guidance for School Food Service Operations: Protecting Against COVID-19, which provides guidelines for school food service operations to following during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines are based on the requirements of the Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code and the Dine Safe Ohio Order. School food service operations should contact the local health department for guidance regarding their facilities.
Responsible RestartOhio and Food Safety
Responsible RestartOhio is about protecting the health of employees, customers, and their families; supporting community efforts to control the spread of the virus; and, leading in responsibly getting Ohio back to work. The Governor's office established the Restaurant Advisory Group to develop standards for the restaurants and retail food establishments to begin to move toward normal operations responsibly. The following operating requirements and guidance were developed based on the work of this advisory group:
Food Safety and COVID-19
Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food, it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety. Throughout the day, was your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or going to the bathroom.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
You should always handle and prepare food safely, including keeping raw meat separate from other foods, refrigerating perishable foods, and cooking meat to the right temperature to kill harmful germs. See CDC’s Food Safety site for more information.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently posted Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic to provide additional guidance for how foods offered at retail can be safely handled and delivered to the public as well as key best practices for employee health, cleaning and sanitizing, and personal protective equipment (PPE).
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released Shopping for Food During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Information for Consumers to provide guidance on how to shop safely during the pandemic, including how to protect yourself, grocery store workers, and other shoppers.
The FDA has posted What to Do If You Have a COVID-19 Confirmed Positive Worker or Workers Who Have Been Exposed to a Confirmed Case of COVID-19 which contains recommended guidelines for facilities to follow if an employee tests positive for COVID-19 or is exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19.