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Food Protection

Contact Information

Phone: (585) 753-5064
Fax:  (585) 753-5013
Email:  food@monroecounty.gov

COVID-19

As of December 13, 2021, masks are required to be worn in all indoor public places unless businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement. Whichever requirement is selected, it must apply to all  within the business/venue’s capacity, including staff, patrons, visitors, and guests. A business and venue cannot do a “combination” requirement. This measure is effective until February 1, 2022, after which the State will re-evaluate based on current conditions. For the full Press Release, click here.

 

Business/Venue Mask-Wearing Requirement    

  • Businesses and venues that implement a mask requirement must ensure all patrons past their second birthday and medically able to tolerate a face covering wear a mask at all times while indoors, outside of physical eating or drinking. 

Business/Venue Proof of Vaccination Requirement    

  • Businesses and venues that implement a proof of vaccination requirement must ensure that anyone 12 years of age or older is fully vaccinated before entering indoors. Businesses/venues can accept Excelsior PassExcelsior Pass Plus, SMART Health Cards issued outside of New York State, full-course vaccination through NYC COVID Safe app, a CDC Vaccination Card, or other official immunization record.

  • In accordance with CDC's definition, fully vaccinated is defined as 14 days past an individual's last vaccination dose in their initial vaccine series (14 days past the second shot of a two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine; 14 days past the one-shot Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine). The State also accepts WHO-approved vaccines for these purposes. Parents and guardians can retrieve and store an Excelsior Pass and/or Excelsior Pass Plus for children or minors under legal guardianship.    

  • Vaccines for children ages 5-11 have only been available since November 2021. Therefore, in order to enter a business or venue that implements a proof of vaccination requirement, children ages 5 – 11 only have to show proof of having had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. 

  • Vaccines have been available for 16–17-year-olds since April 2021 and for 12-15-year-olds since May 2021. At the time of the determination, 63% of the 12-17 age group has been fully vaccinated in New York State.

Information for Businesses and Venues

  • Indoor public place is defined as any indoor space that is not a private residence. This means businesses and venues New Yorkers typically frequent that are either publicly owned or owned by private business entities. This includes indoor entertainment venues, concert halls, indoor sports stadiums, recreational spaces, restaurants, office buildings, shopping centers, grocery stores, pharmacies, houses of worship and common areas in residential buildings.
  • If a business or venue does not require proof of full vaccination: When eating or drinking at a restaurant or bar, all employees and patrons must have their mask on at all times regardless of vaccination status, except when necessary to eat or drink.

  • Outdoor dining spaces that have a temporary or fixed cover (e.g., awning or roof) and at least two open sides for airflow do not need to follow the same requirements as the indoor space of the restaurant. Mask wearing for patrons, except while patrons are actively eating or drinking, is strongly recommended, but not required. The appropriate social distancing measures are also highly recommended.

  • Food services businesses that operate an outdoor space which is enclosed or semi-enclosed (more than two sides) must implement the same requirement across both their indoor and outdoor enclosed or outdoor semi-enclosed spaces. This means both the inside and outdoor enclosed or outdoor semi-enclosed spaces have either a proof of full-course vaccination requirement or mask requirement.

  • Pursuant to regulation, individuals or business/venue entities that violate the determination are subject to a maximum fine of $1,000 for each violation.

Resources

 

Image of Charcuterie Food Protection

What we do:

  • Issue permits to Food Service Establishments in Monroe County.
  • Enforce Subpart 14-1 of the New York State Sanitary Code.
  • Conduct routine inspections of regulated food service establishments, including restaurants, schools, bakeries, delicatessens, mobile vendors, and temporary food vendors.
  • Respond to complaints of public health significance.
  • Offer technical consultation and food worker certification training.
  • Evaluate high risk establishments using HACCP (Hazardous Analysis Critical Control Point) Principles.
  • Investigate reports of food borne illness.
  • Respond to emergencies that could result in food contamination such as occurs with fires, floods, power outages, and chemical and biological contamination.
  • Participate in food recalls and embargoes.
  • Participate in food and human specimen sampling and testing for food borne illness causing organisms or agents.
  • Review plans for new and expanded facilities to ensure code compliance.
  • Respond to information requests from the general public and food service operators.

Food Safety Applications

Online Information

Picture of waitress cleaning table.Food Worker Training/Certification

In June 2004, the Monroe County Department of Public Health expanded the mandated training requirements for Food Service workers within permitted facilities. We recognize two levels of trained workers: Level-1 Food Manager and Level-2 Food Handler.

The type of training that is required for each facility is based on the risk assigned to the permitted establishment (High, Medium, or Low). Risk classification is located on the permit under the permit number. All Food service operations must meet the mandated requirements. 

Additional information on Food Worker Trainina and Certification, as well as a full list of training providers can be found in the Guide to Food Worker Training Certification document.

The Monroe County Department of Public Health offers monthly Level 1 Food Manager & Level 2 Food Handler classroom training and local testing. NOTE: Monroe County classroom training is currently suspended due to COVID-19. Classes are expected to resume early 2022. Please contact the Food Protection Section at food@monroecounty.gov or (585)753-5064 for training information or other requests related to Food Worker Training. 

Food Worker Certification Documents

Call 585 753-5064 if you have questions about training requirements or schedules.

Foodborne Illnesses 

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