Health experts recommend safety tips for takeout, delivery options

Restaurants in the Borderland remain closed in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Despite these closures, business owners are offering alternative options like delivery and takeout to bring in some money while the city’s stay-at-home order is in effect.

These options are giving people the opportunity to support local businesses during the closures. Health experts are suggesting taking some extra precautions if you decide to order from a restaurant.

Smash N’ Roll expands from food truck to restaurant (Credit: Robert Holguin)

According to the Food and Drug Administration, there’s no evidence that the coronavirus can spread through food, and even if there was a trace of the virus, high cooking temperatures would more than likely kill it off.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person contact, and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

There are additional safety measures that can be taken while someone opts to order in or get food delivered, like:

Removing the bag or external packaging that the food comes
Wiping down the container the food is served in
Asking delivery drivers to drop off the food at your front door also limits interaction and falls in place with the suggested social distancing protocols.

If cooking at home seems like a better option, health experts suggest disinfecting any cans or products that you’re purchasing. They are also recommending that you wash produce like fruits and vegetables thoroughly.

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