FDA is providing a food safety re-opening checklist for previously closed retail food establishments or those that have been open with limited service related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We encourage retail food establishments to partner with local regulatory/health authorities to discuss the specific requirements for their retail food establishment prior to re-opening.

Employee Health / Screening

  • Do you have a protocol to check employee health and personal hygiene practices within your food establishment?
  • Are you following CDC guidance and practices for employee health checks/screenings?
  • Have you checked CDC and local regulatory/health authority guidance for employees returning back to work?
  • Is there a plan to monitor and respond to a higher than normal level of absenteeism?
  • Is there a plan or policy for, and an adequate supply of, personal protective equipment (PPE) and/or cloth face coverings? Cloth face coverings should only be used if PPE is not required, and changed as needed if worn.

“Best Practices for Re-Opening Retail Food Establishments During the COVID-19 Pandemic” was published by the FDA, U.S. Food & Drug Administration on May 1st, 2020.

The Procuro PIMM Health Check APP provides a non-intrusive way of protecting worker safety in offices, plants, warehouses and retail outlets in light of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Global Pandemic.

One Response to “Best Practices for Re-Opening Retail Food Establishments During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

  1. Rebecca Gardner

    It made sense when you said that companies need to supply adequate PPE and face coverings to keep their employees safe. According to my knowledge, it’s a good idea to have plastic sneeze shields installed in any retail establishment or other business with over-the-counter interactions. The sneeze shields in combination with the face coverings you mentioned can go a long way in keeping employees and customers safe.


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