COVID-19 Information for Operators

COVID-19 is a disease caused by new respiratory virus first identified in China and is now spreading worldwide.  This disease can lead to fever, cough and shortness of breath. There are thousands of confirmed cases in a growing number of countries internationally and the virus is now spreading in the United States. There are ongoing investigations to learn more about this virus.

The Livingston County Department of Health regulates many types of operations, including public water supplies, restaurants, and many local businesses. The information on this page is intended to provide up-to-date guidance for operators of regulated facilities. This information will be updated as new guidance is developed. For public health information, please visit the COVID-19 sites at the Livingston County Department of Health, New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

As of March 16, 2020 at 8pm food service establishments (including restaurants and bars) will be closed for dine-in service in New York State. Facilities can still provide food service through take-out or delivery. The situation is developing rapidly. Updates will be posted to this page as they are received. 

New York State has new guidelines for restaurants allowing the temporary sale of grocery items. This includes retail sale of ingredients, ready to eat foods, and pre-cooked and cooled "heat and serve" foods. This does NOT include the sale of uncooked prepared food. Facilities can choose to participate to reduce unused stock and to provide supplemental grocery service in their communities. These sales will be allowed effective March 20 to April 3, 2020; this may be extended in the future. For detailed information regarding labeling and allergen identification, see the guidance document here.

We created an online system for food service establishments to report their status to the Livingston County Department of Health. Please complete the form here.

The New York State Department of Health and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets have released Interim Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of Food Manufacturing and Retail Stores. These procedures can be used by any facility to improve existing hygiene and cleaning protocols.

Livingston County appreciates our community’s commitment to the health and safety of all our residents. Our regulated facilities play a vital role in protecting the health of our citizens. Thank you for all you are doing in this difficult time.