Friday, April 24, 2020

波士頓餐廳將可出售生鮮雜貨及紙品

波士頓市長馬丁華殊放寬餐管管理,準賣生鮮,雜貨。
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(Boston Orange 編譯)波士頓市長馬丁華殊(Martin J.Walsh)今(24)日下午宣佈,波士頓市將豁免銷售生食的零售食物許可,准許餐廳經由送貨,路邊提貨,外賣等方式,出售生鮮雜貨及紙品。
這一新的臨時政策及只南是由波士頓市長的經濟發展辦公室,檢驗局(ISD),以及牌照局為波士頓制定的,將容許居民更容易獲得食物及民生必需品,也有助於維持社交安全距離準則。
波士頓市長也在推特上說明准許餐廳賣雜貨的新做法。
             有意出售雜貨的餐廳必須遵守檢驗局列出的流程,提供產品資訊,包括食品過敏標籤及消費者保護法所規定的有關安全處理指示,身分聲明,成分聲明,食品製造商,包裝商,分銷商的企業名稱和地點,以及物品淨重,過敏原資訊等。
這些準則和COVID-19公共衛生緊急期間,FDA有關標籤和包裝的臨時政策同時存在。
            此外,企業必須向波士頓牌照局提交一份運營計劃,詳細說明執行安全處理流程的計劃,以及將如何遵守ISD的準則。牌照局將審查每一份計劃,並基於COVID-19這臨時的衛生緊急狀況,發出准許銷售雜貨信函。餐廳在收到牌照局許可前,不准銷售雜貨。
             波士頓市經濟發展辦公室製作了一份財務救濟手冊(Financial Relief Hanbook),以及常見問答文件,並將不斷更新,以幫助企業主,員工在不斷發展中的COVID-19相關援助探索。
             波士頓市經濟發展辦公室也將繼續在每週二下午三點,舉行小企業電話會議,提供最新政策消息,回答問題,介紹波士頓市相關部門,並就州,聯邦及私營企業可用資金狀態,為小企業排難除障。
             波士頓市府還為受COVID-19,以及麻州非基本服務及居家令衝擊的餐食業製作了一些有用參考資源。
•在波士頓開業:讓必要企業公開分享他們還在開業的工具,並分享禮卡資訊,以及(如果有的話)他們用哪一家遞送/外賣服務公司。這指南可共居民使用,搜尋在他們居住的社區中有哪些企業還開門。
•支持波士頓餐廳:一個網頁,讓餐廳公開分享他們開業,分享禮物卡資訊,以及使用哪家遞送/外賣服務。
•外賣和遞送指南:在波士頓市已取消許可規定後,如何建立食物外賣和遞送服務的指南。
查詢以上資源,可上網boston.gov/small-business。有關檢驗局的衛生部門問題,可以發到ISDHealth@boston.gov或致電617-635-5326。有關波士頓市的COVID-19所有相關更新,請上網boston.gov/coronavirus



MAYOR WALSH RELEASES GUIDANCE FOR RESTAURANTS ON SALE OF GROCERIES
BOSTON - Friday, April 24, 2020 - Building on his support of small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the City of Boston will allow permitted restaurants to sell grocery items via delivery, curbside pickup, and takeout by waiving the required Retail Food Permit for the sale of uncooked foods. The new temporary policy and guidance formed by the Mayor's Office of Economic Development, the Inspectional Services Department, and the Licensing Board for the City of Boston will improve access to food and essential items for residents, and help ensure social distancing guidelines continue to be upheld.

"This is an unprecedented time for all of us in the City of Boston, and our administration is prioritizing how best to keep our residents safe and healthy, while also supporting our businesses and some of our City's most vulnerable residents," said Mayor Walsh. "By allowing restaurants to also sell grocery and other essential items, we can help address social distancing concerns in grocery stores while supporting restaurants and food businesses during these unprecedented times."

Restaurants interested in selling groceries must follow procedures as outlined by the Inspectional Services Department, including making product information available pertaining to safe handling instructions, a statement of identity, an ingredient statement, the name and place of business of the food manufacturer, packer, or distributor, net quantity of contents, and allergen information required by the Food Allergen Labeling & Consumer Protection Act. These guidelines are concurrent with FDA temporary policy regarding labeling and packaging during the COVID-19 public health emergency.  

In addition, businesses must submit an operational plan to the Boston Licensing Board detailing plans of implementing safe handling procedures and how they will comply with guidance from ISD. The Licensing Board will review each plan and issue correspondence allowing the sale of grocery items by the Licensee on a temporary basis given the COVID-19 health emergency. Restaurants are not permitted to sell grocery items before receiving approval from the Boston Licensing Board. 

As business owners, employers, and employees navigate an evolving COVID-19-related assistance landscape, the Economic Development Office has created a Financial Relief Handbook and FAQ document, both of which are continuously updated. Small Business conference calls will continue every Tuesday at 3pm to communicate policy updates, answer questions, feature relevant City of Boston departments, and troubleshoot the ecosystem of funding available from the state, federal, and private industry. 

The City of Boston has created a number of useful guides and resources for restaurants and food businesses impacted by COVID-19 and the Commonwealth's Non-Essential Services and 'Stay At Home' Order
  • Open Businesses in Boston: a tool for essential businesses to publicly share that they're open, share gift-card information, and which (if any) delivery/take-out services they use. This guide is available for residents to utilize, and explore what local businesses are open in their neighborhoods. 
  • Support Boston Restaurants: a web page for restaurants to publicly share that they're open, share gift-card information, and which (if any) delivery/take-out services they use. This guide is available for residents to utilize, and explore what local businesses are open in their neighborhoods. 
  • Takeout and Delivery Guidebook: a guide on how to establish food takeout and delivery services now that the City of Boston has lifted licensing regulations. 
The above resources and more industry-specific guidance are accessible on boston.gov/small-business. Questions to ISD's Health Department can be sent to ISDHealth@boston.gov or call 617-635-5326. For all City of Boston updates related to COVID-19, please visit boston.gov/coronavirus

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