With increasing disease, restaurants around the world have no choice but to temporarily deny guests to dine. Thankfully, mobile ordering has made it easy for us to easily order takeaway with popular delivery apps like GrubHub and DoorDash. Now many restaurants even offer internal delivery options.
While it's great to support local businesses and couriers, it's still important to consider some of the health risks associated with mobile ordering. Below, we take a look at what precautions restaurants and delivery services take to protect their employees and customers, and what measures you can take to stay protected when ordering.
Who should deliver? ?
When choosing where to order, we recommend that you choose restaurants with in-house delivery. It removes a potentially infectious batch from the assembly chain that you bring your food. Simply put, the fewer people touching your food the better.
If your favorite restaurant doesn't offer home delivery, companies like Grubhub, DoorDash and Uber Eats are always great courier services that reliably deliver your food deliver a restaurant to your home. What's even better about mobile ordering are all the specific delivery choices you can make in the carrier apps.
We browsed through the apps of some of the most popular mobile delivery companies. From the snapshots below it is clear that courier services are germ-aware. The snapshots below are from DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats pages.
Before we could even order, a disclaimer on the DoorDash homepage ensures that DoorDash and our local restaurants work together to make contactless drop- off options. The second image is DoorDash's checkout screen, where you can make specific delivery choices and even leave instructions for the Dasher running. Grubhub and Uber Eats are exactly on the same page.
Top left is the address page for Grubhub, where you can add specific delivery instructions that will be stored in your profile. The image on the right is part of the Uber Eats box office, where you can choose to leave your food at the front door – no human interaction required. Uber also waives all delivery costs.
When calling in restaurant-direct deliveries, use that phone call to let the host know where you want the driver to leave your food, whether that's a curb, front door, or other designated location
From the kitchen to the car
Chances are many of your eating places adhere strictly to the CDC guidelines to keep their kitchens and your food germ-free – but how safe is the food once it gets into your Dasher's hatchback ? The answer is quite hopeful.
Mobile delivery companies do their best to keep their drivers and customers safe, hygienic and informed. Postmates went heavy with contactless delivery earlier this month, weeks before other couriers jumped on board. In addition, a whole section of their site's support page is devoted to germ and safety awareness, information for couriers and customers. Grubhub has also shared the CDC guidelines with all of their drivers, providing financial support to leave employees.
In terms of your driver's car: Earlier this month, Uber Eats announced that it would make the majority of its plumbing fleet delivered to keep their vehicles disinfected. DoorDash also shared the news that they were sending hand sanitizer and gloves to all their drivers. Obviously, most restaurants and courier companies do what they can to keep everyone safe and germ-free – so what can we do about our end?
Good Tip and Good Review
Delivery drivers and restaurants are now on the front lines, offering much needed goods and services at a crucial time. Be generous when it's time to tip your driver. Try to tip at least 20%. If you are using a delivery app, browse the app itself. Cash is a well-known playground for all kinds of germs. Please take a moment to leave a brief assessment for your driver.
You can do this in the DoorDash app by tapping Deliveries and selecting the order you want to leave a review for and Rate ticks. You can also give feedback by going to the support pages of most delivery apps and sites.
While the caterpillar in those bags may not be contagious, the same cannot be said for the food containers themselves. Many germs can stick to surfaces like plastic and cardboard for up to a week, so the safest bet is to put those containers directly into your recycling. Keep your leftovers in some Tupperware or plastic wrap.
Once your carrier has disappeared from view, it is wise to quickly disinfect the areas in your home that the food packaging comes into contact with. Wash with soap and water first, followed by disinfection with a suitable bleach, and do not forget to wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
This is an adjustment period that both restaurants and their customers are still getting used to. As with everything related to health and wellness, it is always worth keeping up to date with the latest news about food rules and restrictions. We will continue to do our best to keep you up to date with up-to-date news about the virus and its effect on everything related to technology.