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by Lindsey Sexton - April 13, 2020
Our food sources are still safe options for retrieving food. Although we need to
proceed a bit differently than we typically would.
There is no current indication that takeout, drive-thru, or delivery meals will increase
illness. This option is a good risk management choice, especially for high risk and
elderly groups because it helps maintain social distancing and reduces the number
of touch points. Handling food packaging should be followed by handwashing and/or
using hand sanitizer. It’s worth noting, many delivery programs have also instituted
no touch/no interaction options, which further reduces risk.
The Secretary of Health’s March 26, 2020, Directive applies to any function that operates
within an enclosed indoor or outdoor space. However, markets are critical in ensuring
Arkansans have access to healthy food options. Therefore, markets that operate in
unenclosed outdoor spaces are exempt but are limited to the sales of food products
only. The sales of nonfood items, including but not limited to crafts, live animals,
or clothing is not allowed at this time. Additionally, live musicians, performances,
cooking demonstrations, or other events where crowds may gather are not allowed. Market
Operators, vendors, and customers are expected to maintain appropriate social distancing
of at least six (6) feet.
Currently there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission
of COVID-19. Coronaviruses need a living host (animal or human) to grow in and cannot
grow in food. Like other viruses, it is possible that the virus that causes COVID-19
can survive on surfaces or objects. COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person
to person through respiratory droplets that can land in the mouths or noses of people
who are nearby. As always, follow good hygiene and food safety practices when shopping
for and preparing food.
The @CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social
distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in
areas of significant community-based transmission. Cloth face masks can help slow
the spread of #COVID19 by preventing you from touching your nose and mouth and shielding
you and others from larger respiratory droplets from coughs and sneezes. However,
cloth face masks do NOT offer protection from small aerosolized virus particles produced
For more COVID-19 answers visit https://www.uaex.uada.edu/life-skills-wellness/health/covid19/default.aspx. The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture-Extension is #StillOnTheJob!