HEALTH DEPARTMENT GUIDANCE FOR RETAIL FOOD SERVICES DURING THE COVID-19 STATE OF EMERGENCY
BLOOMFIELD – The current directive from Governor Holcomb is as follows: “Bars, nightclubs
and restaurants are required to close to in-person patrons and may provide take-out and delivery
services through the end of March.” Many places have already adapted business, and some have
completely closed their entrances and gone strictly to drive thru service only where possible.
Customers may use Call-in services and may enter the building ONLY to Pay for pre-
orders and leave immediately. No one is allowed to sit at tables or bars to wait for their
food. Curb side service pick up is an allowable option.
In response to this new directive, the Greene County Health Department has attached a guidance
document to assist through this challenging time, as you have undoubtedly drastically changed
your business model:
COVID-19 Food Service Recommendations for Carry-out and Delivery
COVID-19 Touchpoint Disinfection for Retail Food Service Customer Areas
In addition to implementing this new requirement, we are also asking that you remain vigilant in
maintaining food safety requirements (proper temperatures, cleaning and sanitizing of food
contact services, proper storage of food and single use items, etc.) with the ultimate goal to
provide a safe food product to the customer while limiting person-to-person contact.
During the COVID-19 State of Emergency issued by the Governor of the State of Indiana, the
Greene County Health Department is authorized to order or otherwise compel corrections of
violations of county ordinance and State of Indiana regulations. Reasons for Closure under 410
IAC 7-24-109(a) (8) “Except as specified in subsection (b), the owner or operator of the retail
food establishment shall immediately discontinue operations and notify the regulatory authority
if an imminent health hazard may exist because of an emergency, such as the following:
(8) Other circumstance that may endanger public health.”
The Greene County Health Department has determined that during the declared state of
emergency violation of the following, but not limited to food safety requirements may endanger
▪ Hot water not available at any one the following locations
▪ 100 degrees F at hand washing sinks
▪ 110 degrees F at three compartment sinks
▪ 120 degrees F at chemical sanitizing dish machines
▪ 180 degrees F at heat sanitizing dish machines
▪ Chemical sanitizer is not available at any one the following locations
▪ Three-compartment sink
▪ Chemical sanitizing dish-machines
▪ In place sanitizing stations
▪ Detergent is not available at any one of the following locations
▪ Three-compartment sink
▪ Dish machines (chemical or heat sanitizing)
▪ No means to protect bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods
▪ Ex. No gloves, tongs, deli tissue
▪ Including lack of proper hand washing as it relates to usage of these items
▪ Unnecessary persons in the food preparation and service areas (as deemed fit by the
▪ Ex. Children in the kitchen
▪ One (1) or more hand washing sinks are not fully stocked with soap or hand drying
▪ Executive orders issued specific to the State of Emergency authorizing public health
actions to limit or contain the spread of disease
It is the responsibility of retail food establishment operators to comply with the directives of the
health department including time frame for corrective actions specified in inspection reports,
notices, orders, warnings, and other directives issued by the county health department or in
response to community emergencies.
If you have any questions after referencing the provided links to information, please contact the
health department at (812) 384-4496 or visit our COVID-19 website.
For more information:
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community-mitigation-strateg...
Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (OSHA) https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf
Interim Business Guidance for Businesses and Employers https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.h...
General inquiries from the public or questions from health care provider about COVID-19 may
be directed to the ISDH COVID-19 Call Center at the toll-free number 877-826-0011
(available 24/7) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions regarding COVID-19, most recent updates and resources, visit the Indiana
Department of Health (ISDH) website at www.IN.GOV/ISDH and the CDC website at