As Indiana is beginning to see its cases of COVID-19 reach a believed peak, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has asked local health departments to release the restriction of closing the lobby and the inside pick-up and ordering areas within food establishments.

In order to still maintain the low COVID-19 numbers seen in Wayne County, establishments must still have policies and procedures in place to limit the number of customers inside to 10, and to enforce the social distancing requirements of 6 feet, according to Wayne County Health Officer Dr. David Jetmore.

For the safety of staff and the public, masks should be worn by customers and employees. These are minimum requirements set forth by the governor.

In order to keep staff and customers safe, eateries can create policies to continue only offering curbside and drive-thru services.

Wayne County is also lifting the restriction on self-service food and drinks in convenience stores. The health department reminds employees it is their responsibility to maintain their equipment in a safe and clean condition to the public.

During the pandemic, a more frequent cleaning and sanitation schedule will be required of the self-service machine’s handles and buttons.

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