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GALLIPOLIS — The city’s fast-food restaurants and other food establishments that offer drive-thru and carry-out service may begin preparations to reopen, according to a press release Monday afternoon from the Gallia County Health Department.

According to the news release, carry out/drive thru pizza and bars should begin preparing immediately for reopening. Health department officials said carry out/drive thru pizza restaurants and bars are considered “low risk facilities.”

But before they can reopen to the public, they must pass inspection by a licensed health department sanitarian. According to the release, “Sanitarians will be working (Monday) evening to conduct these inspections.”

The following conditions must be met:

  • Potable water is available by being carried in or through boiling in quantities enough to meet the needs for employee hand washing and utensil washing.
  • If boiling water from the tap, the operation must have enough pressure to provide the amount of water needed to operate, or they must carry in potable water to make up the difference.
  • Facilities opened should operate under a limited menu providing carryout meals only.
  • Limited menu means no cutting of fruits and vegetables or other ready to eat foods. Foods being offered for sale must require little preparation.
  • Facilities may remain closed if they choose.

According to the health department, fast-food restaurants with drive-thru capabilities only should prepare Tuesday for re-opening. Again, an inspection is necessary by a registered sanitarian. To complete the inspections as quickly as possible, the Gallia County Health Department will bring in “additional resources.” The aforementioned conditions must again be met before these restaurants can open its doors to the public.

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