Face Coverings Around Town!

Although the failure to wear face coverings is one of the most common COVID-19 Executive Order complaints we are receiving from the public, these Cobb and Douglas restaurants are sporting theirs! 

Some face coverings fit more comfortably than others, so finding the type that works best for you can help make wearing them a little easier.  If you’re having difficulty finding them, bandanas are acceptable for this use as well.  

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of those in the food service industry that are doing their part to protect their customers and their co-workers from COVID-19!

Show Us Your Face Coverings!

Thank you for sharing your photos in response to our FACE COVERINGS ARE “IN” THIS SEASON post.  If there are other owners/operators of food service facilities that would like us to post a photo of your team members wearing their face coverings, please email your photos to our Food Program Manager, Karen Gulley [Karen.Gulley@dph.ga.gov].  

The CDC provides Sew and No Sew Instructions on how to make your own masks if you are interested in doing so. 

Don’t forget to cover up and stay safe!

Face Coverings Are “In” This Season!

Memorial Day Weekend is here!  As more persons are getting out and making their way to food service facilities, there is an increased chance of exposure to COVID-19 by a person that might not even have symptoms of this illness.  And the best way to prevent this from happening is by wearing face coverings.

Individuals are being creative in regard to the face coverings they choose to wear— they’re not only adding a degree of protection, but they’re also having some fun while doing it.  Look around!  Face coverings range from different colored bandanas to an array of masks– from solid colors to super heroes!   Face coverings make a difference– not just to protect others but ourselves as well.

If you would like to share a photo of you or your team while wearing face coverings, please send it to our Food Program Manager [Karen.Gulley@dph.ga.gov] anytime during the next couple of weeks and we would be glad to share your photo on our Food Safety blog.

Hope you all have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!

You’re Open, But Are You In Compliance?

We have seen an increase in reports of non-compliance as restaurants have begun reopening their dining rooms, as allowed by Governor Kemp’s Executive Order from April 23, 2020 if specific measures were taken to ensure customer and employee safety.   To assist with compliance, Columbia County government has produced a poster that summarizes the thirty-nine requirements specified in the Executive Order.  In addition, the Georgia Department of Public Health has provided COVID-19 Guidance for Restaurants with Dining Room Seating.  Keep in mind that ALL food service employees are required to wear face coverings regardless of whether in-house dining is offered or not.  Face coverings include– but are not limited to– cloth face masks and bandanas. 

Upon investigation by our staff, non-compliant facilities will receive a Notice of Violation that will include instructions for achieving compliance.  Continued violation of the Executive Order will prompt contact with local law enforcement to further address the issue. 

Please contact your local Environmental Health Office if you have questions about what is needed to operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Cobb Environmental Health: 770-435-7815

Douglas Environmental Health 770-920-7311.