Restrictions have begun to ease in Ontario as COVID-19 cases continue to trend downwards, however most dine-in restaurants without patios remain closed, leaving takeout and delivery as the only option to enjoy your favourite restaurant dishes! So you may be wondering, how safe is it to order out?
To help limit the spread of misinformation, we’ve decided to share some of the data we’ve gathered and provide you with a few tips on how to minimize your risk.
Can COVID-19 spread through food or food packaging?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is incredibly unlikely for someone to contract COVID-19 from food or food packaging! COVID-19 is a respiratory illness and the primary transmission route is via person to person contact when an infected person coughs or sneezes, generating respiratory droplets.
To date, there is no evidence indicating that viruses that cause respiratory illnesses can be transmitted through food or food packaging. Coronaviruses are not able to multiply in food; they require an animal or human host to multiply.
What about coming into contact with the delivery driver?
Most delivery companies have now moved towards contactless delivery! Instead of directly handing you your items, you may choose to have your items left outside of your door. You may also use the “delivery instructions” field available on most delivery apps to specify whether you would like drivers to drop your food off at the door or describe where the food should be left. Customers can often also contact their driver to make delivery arrangements once the driver accepts the order to minimize direct contact.
How should I handle my food once it arrives?
There are several additional steps you can take before you indulge in your meal to give you that extra peace of mind:
- Although risk of survival on packaging is low, consider discarding the packaging your food came in and washing your hands directly after
- It’s probably also good practice to avoid using the container and utensils your food came with and use your own instead
- According to experts, the key protective measure against COVID-19 is good hand hygiene. Wash your hands again before eating!
Here at Hot Impression, the health and safety of our staff and customers is our top priority. We continue to follow all public health recommendations and we look forward to inviting you back into our dining room once when we are permitted to safely do so!
In the meantime, please call us at (647) 748-4646 to order takeout. Our online menu can be found here. You can also find us on multiple delivery platforms including UberEats, Fantuan, FoodHwy, Lanyangyang and FOD.