The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic, which means that we are living in a new age that most of us have not experienced before.
While the Australian Government Department of Health has stated that it is very unlikely that COVID-19 can be spread through food, it’s social contact with people who are possibly sick (without knowing it) that needs to be avoided.
Before venturing out, the most important thing is to assess your risk. If you are in a high-risk category, staying at home, having food delivered and dining in is the best option!
If you are at low risk, the name of the game is to support the local food industry as best we can while minimising the risk of infection through social distancing and hygiene.
Shop early in the day when crowds are less. Stock up on non-perishables that can be supplemented by fresh food.
Shop at a local specialist stores or farm stalls where possible. For example, you may not be able to buy mince at the supermarket, but chances are that your butcher has some. Fruit and vegetable stores also have a good range of fresh food. Take a trip to Tweed and buy from farm stalls along the way.
Some local companies such as Hinterland Produce Gold Coast, Paddock to Porch and The Farm Folk have weekly deliveries of fruit and vegetables to your door.
Eat local. Local businesses need your support for as long as possible.
Choose a restaurant that is making every effort to protect customers and servers.
Avoid crowded restaurants. Dine or take away at off-peak times when restaurants are less busy.
If possible, dine outside or at a table that is at least 1 ½ metres apart from other people.
Use cutlery where possible rather than eating with your hands. Don’t share drinks or eating utensils. If sharing, use a dedicated serving spoon to portion out the food.
Use a card rather than cash to minimise germ transmission when paying the bill.
Wash hands thoroughly. Focus on cleaning your hands thoroughly before and after your meal, after handling money and upon your return home. Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth.
Need a break from cooking? Then, order using an app to have food delivered.
Both Deliveroo and Uber Eats delivery platforms have a new feature that enables you to choose ‘contact-free delivery’ at check-out. If you choose this, your rider will leave your food at your door rather than handing it over to you. Also plenty of local restaurants are now offering delivery services (IS THIS YOU? LET US KNOW: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wipe down your delivery containers before eating. Wash your hands well after you have done so and before eating.
In the end, it’s not just about keeping yourself safe, it’s about keeping your neighbours and community healthy too.