Is Food Delivery Safe?

Posted on March 30, 2020 by


I have been watching and adhering to the protocols of my state with regards to the  COVID-19 pandemic.  I stay home and when I do go out avoid crowds, wear gloves and a mask and get in and out of open stores as quickly as possible.

I am happy to report that I was able to find napkins, facial tissues, disinfectant, antacid and bleach today. They were not the brands I usually purchase but social distancing makes fewer trips a necessity.

My daughter had a birthday last week and had food delivery for lunch and dinner. I was wondering is food delivery safe? I saw a Papa John’s commercial that featured a contact free delivery. The link shows exactly what happens.

McDonalds has teamed up with UberEats and DoorDash when you have a hankering for a burger. Burger King has a delivery service as well. Wendy’s uses GrubHub and PostMates for delivery.

Grocery stores have delivery. If you are a Prime member, Whole Foods Market delivers. So does Stop & Shop, Kroger, and Publix has curbside pickup. Walmart has next day delivery and Target has DriveUp.

My concern is the cleanliness of UberEats and Door Dash vehicles and if the driver’s are tested for COVID-19.  Are they working when they are sick?  Are they wearing masks or gloves? What passengers have they carried? Do they have alcohol based wipes?

Domino’s model has been food delivery and it doesn’t look like on their website that their have been any changes.

Instacart “shoppers” are threatening to strike today saying delivery service puts them at risk to coronavirus exposure and that the company should offer more protections, including hazard pay.

Right now, Instacart says anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed into mandatory isolation or quarantine will get up to 14 days of pay. The company says it is also offering access to cash bonuses amid the app’s busiest month in its history.

My favorite restaurant has curbside pickup if I venture out again this week.

Think before you hit that send button. Be safe.



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