Tuesday 26 May, 2020

Police Commissioner warns food vendors to adhere to COVID-19 rules

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has warned all food vendors to adhere to health and safety guidelines when they resume curbside pick-up and delivery services on May 11, 2020.

In a statement, Griffith reminded all food vendors, that they are responsible for the well being of their customers whilst they are waiting to collect take away deliveries.

Griffith said all food vendors, both within a brick-and-mortar or a roadside stall, must ensure that customers awaiting take away deliveries, must adhere to the mandatory distance from fellow customers of at least six feet.

It is the responsibility of the relevant food vendor to ensure that this is achieved, Griffith said. 

He advised that vendors use chalk to place markers outlining how far apart each customer should stand from the other. 

He said representatives of these food vendors should also be posted to assist in ensuring that the mandatory social distancing is adhered to.

He said failure to do this, would eventually cause mass congestion by those customers waiting to be served, hence breaching the Public Health Ordinance Regulations, and also putting the health of customers at risk.

"If this transpires, in the same manner when banks and supermarkets were mandated to do same, failure of which would have triggered those establishments being temporarily closed, as provided by Section 133 of the Public Health Ordinance, the CoP has directed all officers on or off duty, to have such food establishments also temporarily shut down, if customers converge en masse around food facilities, waiting to collect their delivery."

Effective May 11, 2020, take away service by restaurants and street food vending will resume operations.

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