SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Following San Diego County's orders to suspend on-site restaurant dining due to the coronavirus, several delivery services are working to help local restaurants and residents.
The local orders require restaurants to offer delivery or take-out options using social distancing methods.
In response, major food delivery platforms are assisting local restaurants to continuing support smaller restaurants and keep hungry residents fed. Many local restaurants are offering curbside pickup and specials as well — customers should call ahead to check what is being offered.
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For those San Diegans craving meals from local restaurants, the choices are practically endless between the four delivery options. Fast food, sit down casual, Mexican cuisine, Chinese takeout, pizza; there are options for every taste.
Here's a link to each platform's San Diego webpage:
Each service says it has also implemented social distancing in deliveries, allowing users to have food delivered through contact-less means, protecting drivers and customers.
"Over the past few days, as cities and states have restricted the operations of restaurants and other businesses, we have heard mayors and governors call upon residents to use delivery and pick-up services to reduce person-to-person contact," DoorDash's CEO Tony Xu wrote on the company's blog.
According to the U.S. FDA, there is currently "no evidence to suggest that food produced in the United States can transmit COVID-19."
"Currently there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19. Like other viruses, it is possible that the virus that causes COVID-19 can survive on surfaces or objects. For that reason, it is critical to follow the 4 key steps of food safety—clean, separate, cook, and chill," the FDA's website says.