Reopening after Covid-19 - Ginsberg's Foods

Reopening after Covid-19

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The Covid-19 crisis has created issues for food service unlike anything we have seen in modern times. Ginsberg’s is proud to support our customers, family and friends during these times. More than ever we all need to take extra precautions to keep customers and staff safe as the country reopens. For over one hundred years, Ginsberg’s has been there for you and we will continue to be with you. Business will not be as usual, but this also gives you the chance to change your menu, work on efficiencies, establish new safety practices. If you “ever had the time, I would….” now is the time to rethink, rebrand, fine tune your plans for a better, healthier, successful business. This new landscape is ever-changing but Ginsberg’s has collected information to help as you “reopen” to a new way of doing business. 



Your Ginsberg’s First Order

  • Please contact your sales rep or customer service in advance to place your first order. Your sales rep will work closely with you to determine avability of products for your food establishments on your first order. Please keep in mind there may be quantity limits on cleaning and other supplies to make sure all our customer have the opportunity to get the products they need.

Online Services

Available through the customer portal

  • Customer are encouraged to use contactless ordering through our online ordering application available for pc or mobile.
  • Our convenient and contactless online bill pay service is available 24 hours for you to apply payments.

Facilities Procedures

  • Daily, we are have a facility attendant that is designated to perform increased sanitation duties throughout our facility. This includes things like sanitizing all door handles, sinks, faucet handles, and other high touch areas.
  • Our warehouse reach trucks and order pickers have the operating compartments, handles and steering mechanisms sanitized daily.
  • The VoCollect headsets that are used for picking product along with their respective batteries and any handheld computers are sanitized daily as well.
  • Ginsberg’s delivery drivers no longer need to enter the building. All communication and paperwork is provided to them through a window to minimize any potential exposure to other members of our team.
  • Scheduled daily cleaning and sanitization tractor interiors and we are rotating tractors out of service each day to perform a deep clean.
  • All visitors that are not business critical are no longer allowed into the facility. If a business critical vendor is required to enter our facility, they are required to go through a COVID screening process prior to being granted access.

Will Call Pickups

  • Our Will Call has been modified to reduce exposure to our team from the public.
  • Plexi glass has been installed at the counter.
  • The team has been issued protective gloves and face masks
  • Signs have been posted to have customers maintain proper social distancing
  • Only one person is allowed at a time in the vestibule to pay for Will Call pickup. Once order is paid for, customer will be directed to a dock for contactless pickup of their order.

Delivery Procedures

  • Drivers are to leave customer orders as close to the delivery door as possible to limit their interaction to as few of employees as possible during the delivery process.
  • All drivers have been issued protective gloves and face masks and we have encouraged them to wear them whenever coming into direct contact with the public.

Guidelines and Considerations

FDA Food Safety Check List For Closed Food Establishments Reopening

FDA is providing a food safety re-opening checklist for previously closed retail food establishments or those that have been open with limited service related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This checklist addresses key food safety practices for retail food establishments to consider when re-opening and restarting operations.

CDC Guidance For Cleaning and Disinfecting

OSHA has developed this interim guidance to help prevent worker exposure to SARS-CoV-2. The general guidance applies to all U.S. workers and employers. Depending on where their operations fall in OSHA’s exposure risk pyramid (Spanish), workers and employers should also consult additional, specific guidance for those at increased risk of exposure in the course of their job duties broken down by exposure risk level. Spanish version

OSHA Preparing Workplaces for Covid-19

OSHA has developed this interim guidance to help prevent worker exposure to SARS-CoV-2. The general guidance applies to all U.S. workers and employers. Depending on where their operations fall in OSHA’s exposure risk pyramid (Spanish), workers and employers should also consult additional, specific guidance for those at increased risk of exposure in the course of their job duties broken down by exposure risk level. Spanish version

NRA Reopening Guidance

For restaurant operators getting ready to reopen the purpose of this guidance is just that, to offer you direction and provide a framework for best practices as you reopen. This guidance is designed to provide you with a basic summary of recommended practices that can be used to help mitigate exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

NY Forward Safety Plan Template

Each re-opening business must develop a written Safety Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. You may use this template or develop your own Safety Plan. It does not need to be submitted to a state agency for approval but must be retained on the premises of the business and must be made available to the NYSDOH or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection.

Reopening Considerations for New York Employers

Reopening businesses will bring a host of novel legal, operational and workforce issues. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to facing these unprecedented challenges, this guidance document outlines a number of issues and actions that employers should consider in planning a resumption of in-person workplace operations. As with all COVID-19-related guidance, employers should continue to monitor the developments, including from federal, state and local officials as well as public health authorities, and consult with counsel for specific guidance tailored to the particulars of their situation.

Mid Hudson Region Hospitality Reopening Guidelines

Bonura Hospitality, with nearly 50-years of experience in the hospitality industry, has collaborated with trusted local industry peers as well as the Leading Caterers of America, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Orange County Chamber of Commerce to present the following guidelines for re-opening the hospitality industry in the Mid-Hudson region of New York State

MA COVID-19 Reopening Control Plan Template

All businesses in the state of MA must develop a written control plan outlining how its workplace will comply with the mandatory safety standards for operation in the COVID-19 reopening period. This template may be filled out to meet that requirement. Control plans do not need to be submitted for approval but must be kept on premise and made available in the case of an inspection or outbreak.

Compliance Attestation Poster

Vermont Guidelines

The Work Smart and Stay Safe initiative requires businesses that closed for 7 days or more to adopt or create a sector-specific reopening and training plan before reopening. Download a template and model plans.

CT Reopen for Restaurants

Ct Covid Reopen Restaurants

Instructions & Checklists

ServSafe Training Videos

The National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe team has prepared a free training video outlining the steps restaurant line level employees are encouraged to utilize in returning to full-service operations.

Video topics include:

  • Knowing COVID-19 symptoms and preventing its spread.
  • Recognizing actions to reduce risk to employees and guests.
  • Guidelines for face coverings, hand washing, and food handling.
  • Guidelines for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting.
  • Physical and operational changes to maintain social distancing.

Front & Back of House Cleaning Checklist

Front of House & back of House Cleaning Checklist

Chemical Cleaning Instructions for Equipment


Social Distancing Floor Graphics

Covid 19 Social Distancing Graphics

Anderson Cleaning Products

Disinfecting and Sanitizing items

Secure-It Tamper Evident Labels

Sanitizing Products

DISCLAIMER Please be advised that some or all of the information contained in this page may not be applicable to some businesses or places of work and may not include all information necessary for certain businesses and places of work. This website does not attempt to address any health, safety and other workplace requirements in place prior to the age of COVID-19. As COVID circumstances continue to evolve, so will the public health and safety recommendations and requirements, and as a result information may not include all current governmental or health expert requirements and recommendations. We strongly advise that before implementing any of the practices and procedures contained herein, you carefully evaluate all and consult with your own legal counsel and other advisors regarding the legality, applicability and potential efficacy of this information in your place of business and to determine what if any other recommendations or requirements may apply to your business. Ginsberg’s Foods is not responsible for any circumstances arising out of, or related to, the adoption, or decision not to adopt, any of the practices or procedures contained on this page.

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