As the pandemic continues and empty spaces on store shelves become a common sight, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has made it easier for restaurants to get food to the public.
Abbott on Tuesday directed the Texas Department of State Health Services to issue guidance allowing restaurants to sell bulk retail products from supply chain distributors directly to consumers as long as the food is in its original condition, packaging, or presented as received by the restaurant. Restaurants will be able to sell items like packaged meat, fruit and vegetables, and dry goods directly to the public to prepare and consume at home.
These bulk food items would be available for purchase through restaurants offering drive-thru, delivery, pick-up and curbside service.
“A vital part of our COVID-19 response is to ensure that there are readily available supplies of food and resources, whether that is at grocery stores or, in this case, restaurants,” said Governor Abbott in a press release. “This guidance gives Texans another easily accessible option to buy the food they need to support their families. The State of Texas continues to work with distributors, retailers, and restaurants to ensure they have the support they need to continue providing for Texans. I thank Representative Tan Parker, the Texas Restaurant Association, and the Department of State Health Services for their collaboration to take this important step to help Texas families as our state responds to COVID-19.”