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Health and Safety Guidelines for Indoor and Outdoor Dining (May 28, 2021)

 

Outdoor Seating After November 30th, 2020
The NJDOH has recently been advised by the NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA) that NJ’s Uniform Construction Code (UCC) requires that a permit be acquired from the local code enforcement official(s) whenever tents are used after November 30th of each year. 
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EXECUTIVE DIRECTIVE NO. 20-019 (REVISED): COVID-19 protocols for food or beverage establishments offering service in outdoor areas pursuant to Executive Order Nos. 150, 157 and 194

EXECUTIVE DIRECTIVE NO. 20-030 (REVISED): Health and safety standards for indoor dining at retail food or beverage establishments pursuant to Executive Order Nos. 183 and 194

What to Do if You Have COVID-19 Confirmed Positive or Exposed Workers in Your Food Production, Storage, or Distribution Operations Regulated by FDA

COVID-19 FDA Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants and Food Pick-up and Delivery Services

COVID-19 Guidance for Food Operators

NJ Communicable Disease Service Covid-19 Information

NJ COVID-19 Dashboard

Food Safety and COVID-19 Questions & Answers

Guidance for Industry: Temporary Policy Regarding Preventive Controls and FSVP Food Supplier Verification Onsite Audit Requirements During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

FDA Coronavirus FAQ

 

The Food and Drug Safety Program regulates food, drug, and cosmetic safety and provides information to consumers and the regulated industry. Major activities include:

  • License and inspect wholesale food, milk, and shellfish establishments
  • Enforce food safety laws
  • Provide consumer information
  • Issue Public Health Advisories
  • Assist in the investigation of foodborne outbreaks
  • Issue export certificates
  • Register wholesalers and manufacturers of prescription/non-prescription drugs, medical devices, and medical gases

 

Outdoor Seating After November 30th, 2020

The NJDOH has recently been advised by the NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA) that NJ’s Uniform Construction Code (UCC) requires that a permit be acquired from the local code enforcement official(s) whenever tents are used after November 30th of each year.  The permit is required so that code enforcement officials can evaluate the tent(s) for structural stability when encountering stress from wind, rain, and snow.

Therefore, as of December 1, 2020, retail food establishment operators, seeking to use tents, plastic domes or igloos to continue offering outdoor dining, may be required to obtain a permit from the local code enforcement official(s).

For further guidance, see the following webpage: Department of Community Affairs COVID-19 Information and DCA news release for Outdoor Dining

 

 

COVID-19 FDA Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants and Food Pick-up and Delivery Services

On April 9, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued information and best practices for retail food stores, restaurants, and pick-up and delivery services during the pandemic to protect workers and customers.

The first is a factsheet on Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up and Delivery Services During the COVID 19 Pandemic. This information addresses key considerations for how foods offered at retail can be prepared safely and delivered to the public, as well as key best practices for employee health and personal hygiene, cleaning and sanitizing.  

The companion to the factsheet is a summary infographic that offers at-a-glance information on how to: Be Healthy, Be Clean; Clean & Disinfect; Social Distance and Pick-Up & Delivery.

Many of the above noted FDA Best Practices are now mandatory in New Jersey under Governor Murphy’s Executive Order #122.

 

Qualified Facility Attestation

A business that meets the definition of a “qualified facility” is subject to modified requirements of the preventive controls rules. These modified requirements can be met by submitting a form to FDA, attesting to the business’s status as a qualified facility and attesting that the facility is implementing preventive controls to address hazards associated with its food or is in compliance with non-Federal food safety laws and regulations. Starting October 1, 2018, facilities will be able to submit the qualified facility attestation forms electronically at https://www.access.fda.gov/ via the Qualified Facility Attestation Module. Please note that facilities must have a valid food facility registration to submit their attestation. Visit the FDA website for additional information.

 

Last Reviewed: 5/28/2021