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Tips for participating in Takeout Tuesday safely

Takeout Tuesday
Posted at 5:00 AM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 10:35:15-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Participating in Takeout Tuesday is a great way to support your favorite local businesses.

Restaurants like Herrera's Tenderloin Grill on Southwest Boulevard are taking all the precautions they can to keep employees and customers safe.

"We gotta stay healthy, so we try to cover ourselves as much as we can with masks, gloves," Nancy Herrera, an employee, said.

Those gloves are changed throughout the day.

"As we get money, we switch them. We get food, different orders, we switch them," Herrera said.

Nancy Herrera
Nancy Herrera is an employee at Herrera's Tenderloin Grill on Southwest Boulevard.

It's also important for customers to take their own safety measures, and that starts with the payment method.

"There's a lot of different mobile money, like PayPal, those type of things. Those are preferred because it's contact-less," Bill Snook of the Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department said.

If you use a card, be sure to disinfect it afterward.

Also, when you pick up your food, wear a mask to protect the worker delivering it to you.

Once you get home, Snook advises washing your hands, then disinfecting all the surfaces you've touched, such as doorknobs.

With both your takeout and groceries, the health department recommends dividing your counter space in two. Reserve one side for items that have not been disinfected and the other side for clean items. Be sure to wipe down the counter after cleaning items.

Washing utensils from the restaurant is also a good idea.

"It's about surfaces. It's not so much about the food itself. It's about the container," Snook said.

The CDC says currently there is "no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food."

Washing your hands before eating is a critical final step.