The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic, which means that we are living in a new age that most of us have not experienced before.
While the Australian Government Department of Health has stated that it is very unlikely that COVID-19 can be spread through food, it’s social contact with people who are possibly sick (without knowing it) that needs to be avoided.
Before venturing out, the most important thing is to assess your risk. If you are in a high-risk category, staying at home, having food delivered and dining in is the best option!
If you are at low risk, the name of the game is to support the local food industry as best we can for as long as we can while minimising the risk of infection through social distancing and hygiene.
Shop early in the day when crowds are less. Stock up on non-perishables that can be supplemented by fresh food.
Shop at a local specialist stores or farm stalls where possible. For example, you may not be able to buy mince at the supermarket, but chances are that your butcher has some. Fruit and vegetable stores also have a good range of fresh and pantry food. By supporting small local businesses, you are keeping locals employed.
Some local companies such as Hinterland Produce Gold Coast, Paddock to Porch, Tweed Growers, Farm to Home, Pacific Fruit & Vegetables, Suncoast Fresh (who also deliver basic groceries), GC Fruit and Veg and The Farm Folk do deliveries of fruit and vegetables to your door. Ask whether they bring basic groceries as well.
Uber Eats also does some grocery deliveries.
Eat local. Local businesses need your support for as long as possible until we are advised to stay at home.
Choose a restaurant that is making every effort to protect customers and servers.
Take away at off-peak times when restaurants are less busy. Maintain a 2m distance from others.
Prepay using an ordering app (such as Skip or YQueue). Use a card rather than cash to minimise germ transmission when paying the bill.
Wash hands thoroughly. Focus on cleaning your hands thoroughly before and after your meal and upon your return home. Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth.
Need a break from cooking? Then, order using an app to have food delivered.
Many restaurants have established their own free delivery services in light of the crisis.
Check restaurants’ Instagram and Facebook pages for updates on their deals.
Both Deliveroo and Uber Eats delivery platforms have a new feature that enables you to choose ‘contact-free delivery’ at check-out. If you choose this, your rider will leave your food at your door rather than handing it over to you. Be aware, however that these platforms charge 30%+, so order directly from the business if you can.
Wipe down your delivery containers before eating. Wash your hands well after you have done so and before eating.
Be creative with your dining. Try new dishes and new takeaway/deliveries. If you ate out twice a week, why not get delivery twice a week to keep local businesses alive. Let the kids order (to a dollar limit!) Dine around the table and make the most of family time.
Keep the romance alive. Have a ‘date night’ candlelight dinner with your partner at home with a bento box from one of our top restaurants.
Reach out and share your positive experiences with others via social media.
Help out someone else if you can eg elderly relatives, neighbours or friends. Some people will be doing it really tough.
In the end, it’s not just about keeping yourself safe, it’s about keeping your neighbours and community healthy too.
NOTE: We will publicise up to date information about take out and delivery from businesses on a website list and via our social media pages. Follow our Instagram and Facebook pages to keep up to date.