Instead of paying when you pick up your food, Dr. Harmon encourages people to pay online whenever possible to eliminate the physical transfer of cash or payment card. When picking up food, opt for contactless curbside pickup if it’s available.
If you go through the drive-through, make sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after picking up your food. Otherwise, follow normal food handling procedures, including washing your hands thoroughly immediately before you begin to eat.
“If you follow a few basic precautions, picking up takeout or drive-through food can be quite safe,” Dr. Harmon says. “Plus, with all the uncertainty around COVID-19, grabbing your favorite takeout can provide a comforting sense of normalcy, too.”