Want a scrumptious, home-cooked meal, but don’t want to do the work? Ordering-in is the way to go! You can pick the restaurant of your choice and have it delivered right to your doorstep. And now with online ordering offered at the majority of restaurants, it’s easier than ever to place a custom order for everyone in the family!

However, ever since the pandemic, ordering from restaurants has gotten more complicated. To help you order-in a meal without any extra work or headache, here are three essential safety tips you’ll want to follow.

1. Order from Reputable Restaurants

First, make sure you order from restaurants that you know and trust. Now is not the time to experiment with new places that don’t have a strong history. Even though there is no evidence that the coronavirus can be transferred through food itself, you still want to order from a restaurant that takes the pandemic seriously.

For instance, all La Rosa Chicken and Grill restaurants follow the latest COVID-19 operating guidelines established by the National Restaurant Association. These guidelines include cleaning and sanitizing, wearing masks, encouraging employees to get vaccinated, hand washing, health monitoring and more.

2. Select a Contactless Delivery Option

Another way to protect yourself while ordering-in is to pick a chicken restaurant that offers contactless options. The restaurant may offer contactless pickup or delivery themselves, or they may use a third-party delivery service like DoorDash or UberEats. Make sure to specify this method of delivery so that your order will be left by your front door.

Do keep in mind that you should always eat your food fresh. If you’re ordering from a chicken restaurant, you’ll want to consume the chicken within two hours or less. According to the USDA, cooked chicken can be left at room temperature for no more than two hours. If the chicken is sitting in the hot sun, you’ll want to eat it even sooner!

3. Wash Your Hands Before Eating

Washing your hands before you eat is a healthy habit to follow. When you eat a meal without washing your hands, the germs on your hands go into your mouth. Handwashing prevents the spread of germs and reduces your chances of getting sick. After throwing away the packaging, wash your hands for 20 seconds before digging in.

Good hygiene is another reason why it’s important to choose a reputable restaurant. When employees wear gloves and are required to wash their hands regularly, it significantly reduces the spread of germs, bacteria and food-borne illnesses. And if you’re ever without soap and water, clean your hands with a sanitizing solution first.

These three essential safety tips will help keep you healthy when ordering in. To place a contactless delivery or pickup option, find a La Rosa Chicken and Grill restaurant near you!

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