Response to COVID-19
We are closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control regarding the spread of (COVID-19) and abiding by city, state and federal mandates as required of essential businesses. We will continue to communicate regularly about what we’re doing to keep our staff and community safe during this time.
California has updated its guidance on face coverings for fully vaccinated people, matching recommendations made by the CDC last week.
California’s Department of Public Health says face coverings are no longer required outdoors for fully vaccinated people except in crowded settings such as performances, festivals and sports events. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their last shot.
Those who are not fully vaccinated should continue wearing face coverings outdoors when they can’t maintain distancing of at least six feet, the state says.
Face coverings are also still required in all indoor settings except people’s homes, as well as on public transit, regardless of vaccination status.
In addition to the updated outdoor guidance, California will now allow fully vaccinated people to visit with other fully vaccinated people in indoor or outdoor settings without wearing masks or maintaining distancing.
They can also visit indoors or outside, without wearing face coverings or maintaining distancing, with unvaccinated people from a single household at low risk for severe COVID-19.
CDC Update on Wearing Masks Outdoors
The CDC announced today that Americans who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus no longer need to wear masks outdoors if they’re walking, running, hiking or biking alone, with members of their household, or if they attend small outdoor gatherings.
But the CDC is maintaining advice on other safety measures, saying vaccinated adults should continue wearing masks and staying six feet apart in large public spaces, like outdoor performance or sports events, indoor shopping malls and movie theaters, where the vaccination and health status of others is unknown. And they should continue to avoid medium and large gatherings, crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Resumes
Following a thorough safety review, including two meetings of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that the recommended pause regarding the use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine in the U.S. should be lifted and use of the vaccine should resume
- The FDA and CDC have confidence that this vaccine is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19.
- The FDA has determined that the available data show that the vaccine’s known and potential benefits outweigh its known and potential risks in individuals 18 years of age and older.
- At this time, the available data suggest that the chance of Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (TTS) occurring is very low, but the FDA and CDC will remain vigilant in continuing to investigate this risk.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its guidance on activities that people who are fully vaccinated can safely resume. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine and can:
- Gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart.
- Gather indoors with unvaccinated people of any age from one other household without wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart if everyone in the other household is at low risk for severe disease.
- If traveling in the US, they do not need to get tested before of after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
- If traveling outside of US, they need to pay close attention to the situation at the international destination. Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving in the United States are still required to get tested within 3 days of their flight (or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months) and should still get tested 3-5 days after their trip.
- Refrain from quarantine and testing if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 after contact with someone who has COVID-19. However, if living in a group setting and around someone who has COVID-19, stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if there are no symptoms.
Starting April 1st, the state of California is making COVID-19 vaccines available to anyone 50 or older. Beginning April 15th, vaccines will open to anyone 16 and older.
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and give you an added layer of protection against the virus. The vaccine can also protect your coworkers, your family and your community. Vaccination is one of the most important tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some people have no side effects. Many people have reported mild side effects after vaccination including: pain or swelling at the injection site, a headache, chills or fever. These reactions are common. A small number of people have had a severe allergic reaction after vaccination, but this is extremely rare. After you get a COVID-19 vaccine, you will be asked to stay for 15-30 minutes so you can be observed in case you have a severe allergic reaction and provided treatment in the rare case it is needed.
Sign up at sf.gov/vaccinenotify to get an email or text message notification of when you are eligible to get a vaccine.
If you live outside of SF, use the following links to sign up for vaccine notifications from your county of residence:
- Alameda County
- Contra Costa County
- Marin County
- Napa County
- San Mateo County
- Santa Clara County
- Solano County
- Sonoma County
Beginning Thursday, January 28th, San Francisco will resume some businesses and activities as the state of California has announced lifting regional Stay at Home Order. SF is expected to be assigned the state’s purple tier and proceeding with re-openings accordingly with specific additional safeguards to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Activities to Resume Thurs, Jan 28th:
- Personal Services: Indoor and outdoor services including hair and nail salons, barbers, tattoo, piercing, and massage services may reopen but facial coverings are required at all times.
- Outdoor Dining: Limited up to 6 people from up to two households at a table.
- Outdoor Museums and Zoos
- Outdoor Family Entertainment Centers
- Open Air Boats and Busses
- Small Gatherings: Members of up to 3 households with a maximum of 12 people total may gather outdoors if social distance can be maintained and no food or drink is being consumed. If food or drink is being consumed, only members from two households of up to 6 people total is allowed.
- Indoor Fitness: 1:1 personal training is allowed to resume indoors with no more than 3 people.
- Indoor Funerals: Limit of 12 people
California is imposing a limited Stay-at-Home order on 41 counties in the state’s Purple Tier.
Non-essential work and gatherings would be banned between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
The order goes into effect at 10PM on November 21 and will last for one month.
Tips for a Safer Thanksgiving
The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with people in your household. Avoid traveling as it increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.
If you do plan to spend Thanksgiving with people outside your household, take steps to make your celebration safer:
- Limit your gathering to outdoors, no more than three households, and up to two hours.
- Wear a mask at all times when you are not actively eating or drinking.
- Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If not available, use sanitizer.
- Bring your own food, drink, plates, cups, and utensils.
- Avoid going in and out of the areas where food is bring prepared or handled.
- Avoid singing, chanting, and shouting.
Consider Other Thanksgiving Activities
- Host a virtual Thanksgiving meal with friends and family who don’t live with you.
- Safely prepare traditional dishes and deliver them to family and neighbors in a way that does not involve contact–like leaving them on the porch.
- Watch Thanksgiving Day parades, sports, and movies at home with members of your household.
San Francisco Order Requiring Masks
People in San Francisco must wear a face covering outside in most circumstances under a new health order announced by Mayor Breed. Face coverings are now required when someone is exercising within 30 feet of another person, or walking past someone else
New VV Mask Policy
All members of the public entering VV facilities must wear a mask or face covering. This applies to will call pick-ups, common carrier drivers, repair personnel, or anyone else entering. Additional signage has been posted at building entrances about this new policy.
If a visitor does not have a mask, extra cloth face coverings are available for hand out.
Impact on Our Business
As an essential food business, we have remained open. During Shelter-In-Place, we have adapted operations and protocols to keep our staff and community safe. To date, we’ve made the following changes:
- Partnered with one of our growers to create a biodynamic disinfectant spray for use in our facilities.
- Sourced organic, reusable face coverings for every one of our staff members.
- Implemented a no signature policy for deliveries to reduce contact.
- Outfitted our trucks with sanitation caddies which include disinfectant, hand sanitizer and gloves.
- Modified our sanitation processes in our warehouses and with our fleet of trucks.
- Adjusted our operations and work stations to allow our staff to practice social distancing while working.
- Scheduled work from home, whenever possible.
Impact on the Organic Trade
The organic produce trade is unsettled. Many sectors of the food system have closed down entirely, while retail grocery surged for several weeks. Supply has also been volatile, due to winter weather and dramatic increases in demand. On the trucking side, we saw heavier than normal produce shipments in line with increased demand at stores. Skilled labor shortages continue to threaten all areas of the food system– farm workers, truck drivers, and retail personnel; at the same time unprecedented numbers of hospitality, restaurant, and bar workers have been laid off. The pandemic is still in its early stages; the full impact on our trade is still unknown.
We’re in this Together
As your distribution partner, we are committed to doing everything we can to support you. We are actively monitoring the news and new mandates and we will continue to keep you informed and updated. As always, we welcome ways we can support you by answering your questions or sharing resources. Please let us know what you need, we can work with you to help your business get through this crisis.
Our hearts go out to the people and communities who have been affected by this tragedy. Our community is resilient; we’re confident that together, we will come out of this on the other side.
Thank you for your continued business.
VV Response to COVID-19
At Veritable Vegetable, we are closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control regarding the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Be assured that we are doing everything possible to keep our communities safe by implementing enhanced protocols to protect and keep safe our customers, staff and product.
- All staff who are sick or feeling as if they are getting sick, or have sick family member are instructed to stay home and not come into work.
- All staff have been instructed to wash hands even more frequently than food safety standards require and use hand sanitizer as needed.
- Warehouse workers and drivers are practicing frequent hand washing, use of hand sanitizer, and utilizing sanitation best practices when using equipment and handling cases of product.
- Our Janitorial staff are taking extra steps to disinfect all touch surfaces throughout our facilities.
- Staff members are also regularly disinfecting all touch surfaces throughout our offices and warehouse facilities throughout their shifts.
- Maintenance staff are replacing all HVAC filters on a much more frequent basis.
- We have enhanced the techniques used to clean our vehicles before during and after our truck routes.
- All non-essential work-related travel has been restricted.
- Visits to our facility that are not critical to our operation have been restricted.
We have increased supply of antibacterial soaps, hand sanitizer, gloves, masks, and disinfectant sprays and solutions to meet our needs for the foreseeable future. We are also continually educating ourselves on the current situation and are open to other ideas and suggestions to help reduce our customer’s and staff’s exposure to any potential illness.
It is important to note that COVID-19 is not considered a foodborne pathogen by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
During this challenging time, your safety is our highest priority and we truly appreciate the trust you place in our team at Veritable Vegetable.