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Archdiocese Protocols for Ministries serving food (updated 2/1/22)


  • While there is no evidence that people can get COVID-19 from eating food, the process of bringing individuals together for gatherings that include the consumption of food can still be a source of community spread.

  • The providing of food or drink during meetings, activities or hosting a gathering such as a bull roast, require protocols in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The measures include but are not limited to the following:

    • No sharing utensils and or congregating around a food service area.

    • When feasible food offered at any meeting or event should be individual servings and be placed in pre-packaged boxes or bags.

    • Potluck, buffet, or family-style meals need to be carefully managed. Avoid sharing of foods.

    • If the parish or school hosts an event that includes food service, refer to CDC’s COVID-19 considerations for restaurants and bars.

    • Provide physical guides, such as tape on floors or sidewalks and signs on walls, to ensure that individuals not from the same household remain sufficient separated when waiting in line, waiting to pick up orders or while seated.

    • Use disposable food service items (e.g., utensils, dishes). If disposable items are not feasible or desirable, ensure that all non-disposable food service items are handled with gloves and washed with dish soap and hot water or in a dishwasher.

    • Individuals should wash their hands after removing their gloves or after directly handling used food service items.

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