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COVID-19 General Info
The Oklahoma Restaurant Association urges calm and fact-based decisions at a time when many rumors have been spread involving the Coronavirus and the restaurant industry. We want to make sure that you're equipped with the latest information so you can make the best decisions for your business. 

What is 2019-nCoV Coronavirus?

2019-nCoV (Coronavirus) is virus that causes the COVID-19 respiratory illness. It was first detected in Wuhan, China. Typically, respiratory viruses are most contagious when an individual is most symptomatic, but there have been reports of the virus spreading when the affected individual does not show any symptoms.

Can the Coronavirus be spread through food, including refrigerated or frozen food?

According to the CDC, “Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food.” View their most up-to-date list of resources here. 

How are restaurants responding?

The foodservice industry follows strict local public health guidelines. To meet these guidelines, restaurants have safety protocols and best practices in place.

Recommendations for the Industry

  • Follow city guidelines on take-out and delivery, if applicable. 
  • Provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations throughout the operation.
  • Increase cleaning and disinfecting frequency for high-touch surfaces.
  • Closely monitor employee health. Reinforce personal hygiene and cough etiquette. Encourage symptomatic employees to stay home.
  • Have employees disinfect all personal hard surfaces referenced on the product label.
  • Educate and inform all employees of infection status and proper infection control procedures.
  • Consider implement social distancing in your dining room; since guest counts may be down, remove tables and provide increased distance between guests.
  • Consider marketing to customers that you are implementing this practice.
  • Increase hand-washing requirements for all employees entering the kitchen and food preparation areas.

What can we do?

The CDC suggests that people take the same steps they would to keep from getting the flu: get a flu vaccine, take everyday preventative actions – like washing your hands often – and see a doctor when you are sick.
Other Resources: 
Printable Posters from the NRA
Coronavirus: What You Can Do (Spanish Included)
Handwashing 101 Poster (Spanish Included) 
Handwashing Infographic
Before You Come To Work Poster
Cleaning vs. Sanitizing Poster (Spanish Included)

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC's Most Up-To-Date List of Resources
Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations
Situation Summary & What May Happen
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 – Feb. 2020

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

World Health Organization
Rolling Updates on Coronavirus Disease

Johns Hopkins CSSE
Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases Map

Impact on Our Industry
Resources for Restaurants and Workers Coping with the COVID-19 Emergency

 If you have any questions about this email or the above resources, please don't hesitate to contact Jim Hopper by email or at 405-942-8181. 

What's Happening
The ORA Expo date has been changed! The new date of the is Wednesday and Thursday - December 2-3, 2020. For the health and safety of attendees and exhibitors, the ORA Expo Promise will be implemented, which will provide numerous health and safety measures. Please make plans to join us for the ORA Expo in early December.
The ORA is proud to announce its Oklahoma Restaurant Promise (ORP) campaign. The objective of the ORP is to help restaurants instill confidence with customers as they choose to return to dine-in service at Oklahoma restaurants. The Promise communicates your restaurant's pledge for the safety of your staff and customers, by each following the Promise.
Oklahoma has implemented a three-phased approach to open Oklahoma’s economy back up, and is currently in Phase 3 as of June 1, 2020. Click here to view the most up-to-date restaurant and bar guidelines.
In order to serve our members in recovery and restart efforts, the Oklahoma Restaurant Association has developed a “live” google document of businesses who offer products and services specific to COVID-19 recovery efforts, as well as a list of providers for menu and promotional solutions. Relative businesses may at any time add themselves to this list, which can be accessed by clicking here.
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