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Reopening Guidance | Virtual Inspections GuidanceCOVID-19 Guidance 

5.4.20 AFDO Update: AFDO knows that many areas of the country are beginning to contemplate and, in some cases, are executing the steps for opening many of the operations that have been curtailed or shuttered due to COVID-19. AFDO has reorganized this page to include guidance to assistance with the relaxing if restrictions. If you have guidance to share, please forward to bbenschoter@afdo.org. The resources focused on the easing of restrictions and issues surrounding the return of operations have been moved to the top of the page. The rest of the resources will remain here as well immediately following.

Since Friday, March 20, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food and Cosmetic Information Center (FCIC)/Technical Assistance Network (TAN) has been releasing responses for questions of interest to AFDO members concerning COVID-19.

Real time updates of the FDA's Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page can be found at https://www.fda.gov/food/food-safety-during-emergencies/food-safety-and-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19. Updates are dated so you are able to tell what information has been added each time.

As part of AFDO's commitment to providing information and resources to members, we will offer links to information that has been developed by our partners and other subject matter experts. If you identify resources that should be considered or your organization develops some of your own that can be shared with other members, please email them or the link to bbenschoter@afdo.org. We appreciate everyone who helps us all be more informed and prepared.

Reopening Guidance and information

National 

Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) Resources

CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the
COVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for
Opening America Up Again


May 2020

CDC’s Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

Date: Updated continuously 


INTERIM GUIDANCE FOR RESTAURANTS AND BARS



U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Resources 

Best Practices for Re-Opening Retail Food Establishments
During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Food Safety Checklist

May, 2020

Best Practices for Re-Opening Retail Food
Establishments During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May, 2020

Use of Respirators, Facemasks, and Cloth Face Coverings in the Food and
Agriculture Sector During Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic

 Date: April 24, 2020
What to Do if You Have COVID-19 Confirmed Positive or Exposed
Workers in Your Food Production, Storage, or Distribution
Operations Regulated by FDA

Date: April 24, 2020

Other 

AFDO Best Practices for Conducting Inspections During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) 

May 21, 2020


AFDO Recommendations for Easing COVID-19
Restrictions for the Retail Food Industry 


Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO)Continuously Updated 
AFDO Restaurant Reopening Fact Sheet COVID-19 Back to Work Guidance

Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO)May 2, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic:
Addressing PPE Needs in Non-Healthcare Setting

FEMAApril 21, 2020
COVID-19 Back to Work Guidance 

Body Art Education Alliance  
COVID-19 Intervention Actions: Restaurant Restrictions

 ASTHOMarch 19, 2020
COVID-19 Re-opening Guidance

National Restaurant Association 
Covid-19 Employee Symptoms/Testing
Status-Based Decision Tool For Food Facilities - PDF

Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO)May 5, 2020
Covid-19 Employee Symptoms/Testing
Status-Based Decision Tool For Food Facilities - MS Word
Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO)
May 5, 2020

State/Local

Iowa Restaurant Reopening Criteria/
Operation Restrictions during COVID-19

Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals


April 27, 2020


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COVID-19 Guidance 

Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) Resources 

CDC’s Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

Date: Updated continuously 
CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers Date: Updated continuously 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary

Date: March 21, 2020
Information about COVID-19 in the United States

Date: Updated continuously 

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Other Resources 

Resource Organization Date
AFDO Recommendations For COVID-19
Response for State Agencies

Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO)April 4, 2020
Coronavirus Condition Overview World Health Organization Continuously Updated 
Coronavirus Response  Ad CouncilContinuously Updated

Coronavirus Resources and Preparedness Checklist

The Food Industry
Association (FMI)
Continuously Updated 
COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfection for Human-Touch Surfaces

The Food Industry
Association (FMI)
April 1, 2020
Coronavirus Rumor Control
FEMA Continuously Updated 
COVID-19 Intervention Actions: Restaurant Restrictions
astho March 19, 2020
COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus)
Resource
 Center for Physicians

American Medical Association Continuously Updated 
COVID-19 Re-opening Guidance 

National Restaurant Association  
COVID-19: Simple Answers to TopThe Association of State and
Territorial Health Officials

March 10, 2020
Department of Labor and Health and
Human Services’ Guidance on Preparing
Workplaces for COVID-19

Department of Labor
and Health and Human Services’ 
March 2020
Emergency Prevention Measures to Achieve
Physical (Social) Distancing in
Food Manufacturing Facilities as
Related to COVID-19

Consumer Brand Association  March 31, 2020

Food Industry Recommended Protocols When
Employee/Visitor/Customer Tests
Positive for COVID-19

Food & Beverage Issue Alliance April 1, 2020
Food and Public Health Testing Laboratories
Addressing COVID-19

AOAC International  March 16, 2020
Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE

Johns Hopkins University  Continuously Updated 
Guidance on the Essential Critical
Infrastructure Workforce

Office of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency  March 19, 2020

Guidance for Iowa Farmers Markets
During COVID-19

Multiple Resources April 24, 2020
Health Educator Resources Partnership for Food
Safety Education 

Continuously Updated 
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Fighting Products

Center for Biocide Chemistries March 18, 2020
Production of Hand Sanitizer to
Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau March 18, 2020
Q&A on Coronaviruses (COVID-19)

World Health Organization  March 9, 2020
Tips for Restaurants

National Restaurant Association

March 3, 2020
What CPG Needs to Know About Coronavirus

Consumer Brands Association  Continuously Updated 
Workforce Survey - COVID-19 National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)

March 30, 2020

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State Resources 

Resource  Organization  Date
2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Indiana State Department of Health  March 30, 2020
Addressing COVID-19 Impacts, Bulletins
and Guidance


Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources 
Business and Organization Guidance

Illinois Department of Health 
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Alabama Department of Public Health

March, 27, 2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Connecticut Department of Health  March 30, 2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Montana Department of Public Health
and Human Services


Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Rhode Island Department of Health 

March 13, 2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Utah Department of Health 
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Wyoming Department of Health
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
for Food Handlers

Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture


March 16, 2020
COVID - 19 Arkansas Department of Health 

March 27, 2020
COVID  - 19 

Georgia Department of Agriculture 
COVID - 19 

Mississippi Department of Agriculture
and Commerce


COVID - 19

New Jersey Department of Health


COVID - 19 

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture 
COVID - 19

Wisconsin Department of
Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer
Protection


COVID - 19 Emergency Information Center 
Virginia Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services


COVID-19 Food and Agriculture 

Minnesota Department of Agriculture 
COVID-19 Food and Agriculture

New Hampshire Department of
Agriculture, Markets, and Food


COVID-19 Food Establishment Guidance 
- Food Establishments

Illinois Department of Health  
COVID-19 Food Establishment Guidance 
- Food Service

Illinois Department of Health 
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
(FAQs) for Retail Food Establishments
 

Arkansas Department of Health  March 18, 2020
COVID-19 Food Safety 
Maryland Department of Health

March 24, 2020
COVID-19 Food Safety Resources
North Carolina State University Extension


COVID-19 and Food and Agriculture 

Minnesota Department of Agriculture 

COVID-19 Guidance for Food and
Lodging Businesses

Vermont Department of Health
March 30, 2020
COVID-19 Guidance for Food Pantries
and Homeless Shelters


Rhode Island Department of Health 
March 17, 2020
COVID-19 Guidance for Restaurants
and Food Service

Multnomah County, Oregon March 23, 2020
COVID - 19 Information 
New Mexico Environment Department


COVID-19 Information 

Wyoming 
COVID-2019 Information about
Restaurants: March 19, 2020 

Louisiana Department of Health 
COVID-19 Other Guidance 

New Hampshire Department of
Agriculture, Markets, and Food



COVID-19 Updates  Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation


COVID-19 Resources

Maryland Department of Health 
COVID-19 Resource Center Kansas Department of Agriculture 

March 31, 2020

COVID-19 Restaurant and Bar Guidance


Oklahoma State Department of Health



Environmental Health Services

Virginia Department of Health 
Executive Order for Restaurants and Bars
Questions and Answers

Maine Department of Health and Human Services  March 23, 2020
Food Establishment Coronavirus
Recommendations_as of 3.18.2020

North Dakota  March 18, 2020
Food Recalls and Safety Alerts in Washington

Washington State Department of Health

March 20, 2020
Food Worker and Establishment Guidance on
COVID-19

Washington Department of Health 
Guidance Documents: Coronavirus Disease 2019
(COVID-19)

California Department of Public Health  March 26, 2020

Guidance During the COVID-19 Disaster 


Texas Health and Human Services

March 24, 2020
Guidance for grocery stores to minimize
the spread of COVID-19

King County, Washington


Information on the Outbreak of COVID-19

Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment



Interim Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection
of Food Manufacturing Facilities or Food Retail Stores
for COVID-19

New York State
Department of Health
March 25, 2020

Interim Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of
Food Manufacturing Facilities and/or Retail Food
Stores for COVID-19

State of Maine   
Letter to Georgia Food Safety Partners  Georgia Department of Agriculture 

Lodging Establishment Coronavirus
Recommendations_ as of 03.18.2020

North Dakota Department of Agriculture  March 18, 2020
Materials and Resources for Coronavirus
Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response


Minnesota Department of Health 
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Iowa Dept. of Inspections and Appeals


Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)


New York Department of Agriculture
and Markets


Preventing The Spread of COVID-19: Guidance
For Food Establishments

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation


Protect your Workforce from Coronavirus
Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Rhode Island Department of Health  March 18, 2020
Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019

Texas State Health and Human Services


Retail Food Service Establishments & COVID-19

South Carolina Department of
Health and Environmental Control


Statewide Public Order #3 Wyoming

Statewide Public Health Order 

Wyoming 
Statewide Public Health Order Wyoming

Stay Home, Stay Safe 

Michigan Department of Agriculture
and Rural Development

 
Tribal Resources - COVID - 19

Montana Department of Public Health
and Human Services


Update to Guidance for Grocery Stores and
Markets for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)


Rhode Island Department of Health  March 22, 2020
Virus Control In Eating Establishments Maine Department of Health and Human Services 

March 23, 2020
Virus Control In the Hotel Industry  Maine Department of Health and Human Services 

March 23, 2020
Washington - COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS
DISEASE) INFORMATION

Washington State Department of Agriculture 
What You Need to Know Now About COVID-19 in Florida

Florida Department of Health  March 31, 2020
What You Need to Know New York State Department of Health 

March 31, 2020


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