Eating & Drinking Establishment
FOR FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Per PA Governor Wolf, restaurants and bars in Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties are required to temporarily close for “dining in” although they can provide takeout and delivery food orders to customers if they choose. Takeout, delivery and drive-through food service continues to be allowed. Walk-in, order and leave at a facility is acceptable. This is effective 3/16/2020 and will continue for the next 14 days. Additionally, they have the right to close if they choose.
Essential operations may stay open and this would include grocery stores, pharmacies, and convenience stores that sell gas. Again, restaurants and bars are not essential but can continue to provide take-out food.
During this time please follow the advice below and encourage food handlers to do the same:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. *Sanitizing does not eliminate the need for handwashing in foodservice
- Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
- Clean surfaces frequently, such as countertops, light switches, cell phones and other frequently touched areas
- Contain if you are sick, you should stay home until you are feeling better.
We recommend complete and thorough cleaning and sanitization throughout the day of any floors, shopping carts, hand baskets, counters, registers, scales, deli counters, shelves, high touch surfaces, etc. Please refer to the links below.
RESOURCES RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS FOR THE FOOD INDUSTRY
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers (CDC)
- COVID-19 Resources for the Food Industry (The Acheson Group)
- Coronavirus: Fresh Produce Industry Resources (United Fresh Produce Association)
- Coronavirus Resources (Food Marketing Institute), includes: Preparedness Checklist; Coronavirus and Pandemic Preparedness for the Food Industry (includes recommendations for supporting consumers, associates, human resources, retail stores, distribution centers/transportation, product suppliers, and interacting with the media).
WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE TO CLOSE MY RESTAURANT FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME. ARE THERE ANY HEALTH CODES OR REGULATIONS THAT I NEED TO BE AWARE OF WHEN I REOPEN?
A thorough cleaning and sanitizing and discarding out of date food.
Required Health Licenses
All food establishments located in Montgomery County must have a valid Montgomery County Office of Public Health (OPH) License to Operate a Food Service Establishment. The license must be posted in a conspicuous place. The license is not transferable.
Food establishments are facilities that store, serve and/or prepare food for public consumption; they include but may not be limited to restaurants, retail food stores, caterers, cafeterias, mobile food vendors, and non-profit charitable facilities.
Protecting Our Citizens
The goal of the Environmental Field Services food protection program is to protect the citizens who eat in licensed food establishments from foodborne illnesses. This is accomplished by cyclical food service facility inspections, plan review, foodborne disease outbreak investigations, identification of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), inspection of mobile food vendors, and the implementation of food handler certification for managers and/or operators.
All new and renovated facilities must go through the plan review process. Properly prepared plans and specifications are to be submitted to OPH for review and approval before construction, remodeling, or conversion of an existing structure for use as a food establishment. OPH will provide the applicant with a written approval, denial, or request for additional information within 30 days of receiving a license application and completed
If a written request for additional information is made, OPH will provide the applicant with a written approval or denial within 30 days of receiving the additional information.
- License Application - for new facilities and changes of ownership only
- Plan Review Packet
- Boil Water Advisory (BWA) Guidelines
- Territories - this map will help owner determine to which office application should be mailed.
- Public Health Code, Chapter 4
- U.S. FDA Food Code
- 2013 FDA Food Code - document
- PA Department of Agriculture
- Beer Distributors/Growlers
- 2016 Act 166 - Liquor Code
- Fee Schedule