Figuring out what restrictions apply where continues to be challenging. Here’s a good link to Washington state guidance (Washington’s challenges and the speed of the spread there lead them to take more restrictive action).
Mayor DeBlasio has indicated he is evaluating issuing a shelter in place order for all of New York City similar to what San Francisco and other counties in the Bay area did.
What should I do if a guest calls and claims to have gotten COVID-19 from us?
Good question and first time we were asked this was earlier today. And then we were asked it again and again. Our best guidance is to refer them to the local health department who will explain there is a worldwide pandemic affecting a large percentage of the US population. There is not way to tell where someone got COVID-19 because there is such widespread illness now.
How do we address questions about the safety of takeout or delivered food?
There is no evidence of foodborne transmission of this illness. There are some reports of lab tests showing coronavirus in fecal matter. But again, not a single report anywhere of foodborne transmission. We’re following extraordinarily good practices for safe food handling. This illness is spread almost exclusively through person to person transmission. A reporter from Eater asked me if it was safe to eat out as I was putting away the lunch leftovers and we were discussing a dinner order.
What’s the best idea a client has shared about boosting to-go business?
We love the idea of having one or two specials of the night (where you’re not trying to cook your entire menu) and pushing them as single or family meals. Many of our clients reported reasonable to-go business last night.
Our best read of the day:
With so many people sick, worried about getting sick, economic instability all while isolated at home or working reduced schedules, mental health issues and anxiety come up in conversation frequently.
And tomorrow’s birthday (for your handwash singing pleasure): Grover Cleveland, Queen Latifah and Adam Levine. For history buffs, the Panic of 1893 began during Grover Cleveland’s second term. Here’s hoping for history not to repeat itself.
Keep the questions coming.