The CDC states, “Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that handling food or eating is associated with directly spreading COVID-19. However, people sharing utensils and congregating around food service areas can pose a risk. Limit food or beverage service in areas in which people are more likely to congregate as that may encourage unmasked interactions.”
When possible, outdoor eating is encouraged at events and gatherings. Eating is prohibited during classroom sessions; drinking is permitted if a person returns to wearing their mask as soon as possible. Individuals should avoid congregating and engaging in conversation with people in areas where eating and drinking take place (e.g. no food at meetings).
When holding an event that will provide food and beverages, consider a dedicated time and space to eat and drink from required portions of the event such as presentations or workshops to avoid conversations with unmasked people. Regardless of whether food is grab-and-go or served in a buffet, individuals must wear masks while getting their food. DO NOT allow food and drinks to be used as a reason to remove masks and socialize.