COVID-19: Resources for Retail Food Establishments

Note that on April 13, 2020 Governor Murphy's Executive Order 125 took effect which states:

Where an essential retail business is permitted to maintain in-person operations pursuant to Executive Order No. 107 (2020) and any subsequent Administrative Orders, such business must adopt policies that include, at minimum, the following requirements:
All restaurants, cafeterias, dining establishments, and food courts, with or without a liquor license, all bars, and all other holders of a liquor license with retail consumption privileges that are continuing to offer food delivery and/or takeout services pursuant to Executive Order No. 107 (2020) (“food business”), must adopt policies that include, at minimum, the following requirements:   
•   Limit occupancy at 10% of the stated maximum capacity, wherever feasible;
•   Ensure six feet of distance between workers and customers, except at the moment of payment and/or exchange of goods;
•   Require infection control practices, such as regular hand washing, coughing and sneezing etiquette, and proper tissue usage and disposal;
•   Provide employees break time for repeated handwashing throughout the workday;
•   Arrange for contactless pay and pickup/delivery options wherever feasible. Such policies shall, wherever possible, consider populations that do not have access to internet service;
•   Provide sanitization materials, such as hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, to staff;
•   Require frequent sanitization of high-touch areas like credit card machines, keypads, and counters to which the public and workers have access;
•   Place conspicuous signage at entrances and throughout the food business, if applicable, alerting staff and customers to the required six feet of physical distance; and
•   Require workers to wear cloth face coverings and gloves while on the premises, except where doing so would inhibit that worker’s health, and require workers to wear gloves when in contact with customers or goods. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings and gloves for their employees.Customers that enter the food business will similarly be required to wear cloth face coverings, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health or where the individual is under the age of two, but will not be required to wear such covering when receiving a delivery or when picking up goods outside of the physical premises of the food business.


NJ Department of Health

-Quick guidance document for bars and restaurants

Centers for Disease Control

- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19

- Information for Grocery and Retail Workers  

- Information for Food & Grocery Delivery & Pick-up Drivers 

Food and Drug Administration

- Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services

Best Practices for Re-opening Food Establishments During the COVID-19 Pandemic