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Covid-19 - Update #28






Take-Out Food Safety during COVID-19

Many people are taking advantage of the decision by restaurants to offer take-out meals. Public Health Inspectors with the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit have worked with each restaurant to ensure they adhere to safe food handling practices. The Public Health Inspectors have also suggested ways to minimize the contact with the public as people pick up their food – keeping the duration of contact to a minimum, maintaining a distance of 6 feet, and washing hands or using hand sanitizer between exchanges of food with the public. People who pick up food should wash their hands before they eat the food.

The Health Unit has staff answering COVID-19 related questions and concerns for the public from 8:30 to 4:30 every day at 1-800-660-5853 x2499. Public health inspectors are also available to discuss environmental health concerns.  You can also get more information about COVID-19 by visiting www.healthunit.org/coronavirus or by connecting with LGLHealthunit on Facebook and Twitter.

Celebrating Easter and Passover During Covid-19 Pandemic

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit recognizes that religious holidays such as Easter and Passover, are an important time to celebrate faith, or be with family and friends. Please remember that social gatherings over 5 are prohibited by the Province, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • If you belong to a congregation, check if they are offering a service online or on the radio/TV.
  • Instead of seeing family or friends in-person, call or video chat.
  • Go out for a walk with people you live with (as long as you are not under quarantine or self-isolation due to illness or exposure). If you choose to walk, find an unpopulated area, keep your distance from others (2m/6ft) and don’t forget to check for ticks and do not approach animals.
  • Help others by donating to food banks or food drives, if you can. Choose the most nutritious and safest food for donation
  • Spend more time with the family who live with you. Create new traditions together like playing games, decorating and cooking your favourite foods. Remember to apply the four steps to food safety: Clean, Separate, Cook & Chill