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Updated guidance on dining out during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Food & Community Safety Program Supervisor Christina Sherman
by Christina Sherman03/13/2020 4:31 p.m.
Updated: 03/16/2020

UPDATE MARCH 15, 8 PM: Sunday evening, Gov. Inslee ordered all bars and restaurants to temporarily stop in-person dining. Restaurants can still provide carry-out and delivery service. We will work closely with our food-establishment operators and continue to provide you with the most up-to-date guidance from state and federal health officials. See the governor's full proclamation ➡️ 


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You know you need to practice social distancing. You know you need to avoid large gatherings.

So what does that mean when you want to go out to eat?

Regulations are there to protect you.

Good news! You can practice social distancing when you dine out. Restaurants are open and continue to practice good hygiene and food safety. We have rules and regulations to make sure your food is safe—and all those good habits still apply during the COVID-19 outbreak.

A kitchen worker hands a plate of food to a manWe are still conducting routine inspections to ensure food is the proper temperature, workers are washing their hands and workers are staying home when they are sick. You can learn about our work by subscribing to our Food Safety Info list.

Many restaurants are doing additional cleaning to keep their spaces safe for you and your family. Some have offered curbside pickup.

Do your part.

Make sure you’re following the usual steps to keep yourself safe when you eat:

  • Wash your hands before and after handling menus and before eating.
  • Practice good hand-washing hygiene: soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

If you are sick, part of a vulnerable population or otherwise uncomfortable eating out, you can:

  • Order takeout for delivery through apps like UberEats, DoorDash, etc.
  • Ask a friend/family member to pick food up for you.

Pierce County offers hundreds of wonderful places to eat. Now is a great time to get out and enjoy some food!

Check for our latest guidance and updates. You can sign up for updates from our Your Reliable Source blog or on our social media channels

  1. Updated: 03/16/2020
  2. Updated: 03/15/2020
Food & Community Safety Program Supervisor Christina Sherman

by Christina Sherman

Christina wants you to practice safe food--because safe food is healthy food!


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