MDH​Office of Food Protection​​


Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is committed to ensuring the safety and availability of Maryland’s food supply 

during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.​

                                                                                                                   State and Federal COVID-19 Resources


Maryland Strong: Back to Business

NEW !     MDH Order - Amended Food Service Establishments Order     Updated 11.17.2020

NEW!       Foodservice Establishment - Closures FAQ      Udated 11.20.2020 
Maryland Back to Business                                                                       Maryland Resources for Businesses and Employers 
Best Practice to Reopen Restaurants and Bars                                        Maryland Business Express                                                               
Best Practice to Reopen Restaurants and Bars​  En Español                    CDC ​Resources for Businesses and Employers                                         Restaurants and Bars: Additional Signage                                                CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses​ and Employers 
Restaurants and Bars: Additional Signage  En Español​                            OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces 
MDH Food Establishment Safe Food Donation​ ​                                        WHO Getting Your Workplace Ready for COVID -19

MDH COVID-19 Food Safety FAQs  Updated  12/23/2020​                         CDC Considerations for Restaurants and Bars​​  

Additional Resources:  

MDH understands that many Marylanders will be either cooking at home more, ordering food online through meal delivery services, or picking up carry-out meals from their favorite local food businesses​​. The links below provide resources to keep food safe at home and in public settings as well as provide resources and information for food service businesses during the Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19) Pandemic: 



Consumer Food Safety                                                             Retail Food Service        

                                     CDC Hand Washing                                                                     FDA Best Practices for Re-Opening​ 
                                 Four Steps to Food Safety                                                               FDA Best Practices for Retail Food Service​
                                       FoodKeeper App                                                             FDA Use of Respirators, Facemasks and Cloth Face Coverings
                FDA Shopping for Food During the COVID-19 Pandemic​                             FDA If You Have COVID-19 Confirmed Workers​​
                    FDA Perspectives on Food Safety and Availability                                   FDA Employee Health and Food Safety Checklist ​  
              USDA Food Safety Tips for Home Delivered Meals​                                            ServSafe Takeout and Delivery Training​
                       USDA Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) FAQ​                                  National Restaurant Association Coronavirus Resources
                   University of Maryland Extension Food Safety​                    National Restaurant Association Safe Operateing Guidance​​    NEW!   
                   CDC Cleaning and Disinfecting for Households                                               Disaster Relief Food Safety Training​ ​
 Is Your Hand Sanitizer on FDA's List of Products You Should Not Use?                                                 EPA Disinfectants
                                                                                                                                                Penn State Extension Proper Glove Use
                                                                                                                                                    Wearing Gloves for Food Safety​
                                                                                                                      Is Your Hand Sanitizer on FDA's List of Products You Should Not Use?

​​Food Processing & Warehousing                                             Agriculture and Farms

                                           FDA Food Products FAQ                                                      CDC Guidance for Meat and Poultry Processors​
                   FDA Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)​                        USDA Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ ​
                                FDA Questions and Answers for Industry​                                                  USDA Farmers to Families Food Box​
                              FDA If You Have COVID-19 Confirmed Workers​                                MD Department of Agriculture Farmers Market FAQs ​​
                                 FDA Employee Health and Food Safety Checklist   
                             University of MD Extension COVID-19 Resources ​
                            CDC Guidance for Meat and Poultry Processors
                           University of MD Extension COVID-19 Resources ​
                                         AFDO COVID-19 Resources 
​                                               EPA Disinfectants
                               Penn State Extension Proper Glove Use


 For Questions or Complaints about COVID-19, 

please call or email the Maryland COVID Prevention Center at: 


If you have a food-related complaint, please complete our Complaint Form​.
For other food-related questions please email:
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This page was last updated 11/20/2020