April 2, 2020

Guide to a temporary change of operations due to COVID-19.

In response to restaurants becoming grocers during the COVID-19 crisis, LA County Health Department provided some guidelines on โ€œ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜†โ€ changing methods of operations.

This is the latest from LA County District of Enforcement and Surveillance: 

If a restaurant wants to โ€œ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜†โ€ change its method of operation to get through the COVID-19 crisis, then the facility is allowed to do the following:

โ€ขAll food items to be sold must be listed on a menu, menu board or other type of display.
โ€ขThe food items must be provided to the customer over-the-counter, by drive-thru, or delivery. Customers are not allowed to self-select or self-service goods. 
โ€ขIf the facility intends to sell โ€œnon-foodโ€ items (i.e., toilet paper, paper towels, etc.), then those items must also be listed on the menu, menu board, or other type of display, and provided over-the-counter. No customer self-selection or self-service.  
โ€ขFacilities may NOT open a packaged, USDA stamped meat product and repackage for sale. If the facility receives a large box of individually packaged, stamped USDA meat, they may sell the individual packages as long as each package is stamped and has proper labeling requirements. Also must be listed on a menu, menu board, etc.
โ€ขThe facility may NOT administer Reduced Oxygen Packaging (ROP) of meat or fish.
โ€ขThe facility may NOT bottle their own hand sanitizer. 
โ€ขNo change-of-operation paperwork (i.e., submittal of plans, new application, change of program element) is necessary if they are willing to abide by the above restrictions.

Now, if a restaurant wants to permanently change operations to a retail food market, then an application and plans will need to be submitted electronically to the ๐—ฃ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—บ.

If you have any questions regarding a temporary change in methods of operations, please feel free to contact us here at FE Design.