Restaurant inspections to include making sure COVID-19 protocols are being followed

WEBXTRA: Restaurant inspections to include making sure COVID-19 protocols are being followed

LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - After a lengthy absence, the KLTV 7 restaurant report is back.

Non-existent during the shutdown and partial openings, health departments are back to ensuring public safety with regular inspections.

The inspections are taking on some new aspects.

Though full service restaurants are only operating at 50-percent capacity, the Longview Environmental Health department has resumed full inspections.

"We are following all of the governors mandates, each restaurant if they chose to go dine in, has gone back to 50-percent," said Environmental health manager Leisha Kidd-Brooks.

As always the safety of the dining public is priority for inspectors.

"Those things are done each inspection," Brooks says.

Aside from food temperatures and general cleanliness of establishments, there will be different things inspectors will have to observe.

“There will be sanitizing stations at each entrance. And all employees are asked, mandated to wear masks. They will be checking temperatures once they report to work. This isn’t a bipartisan issue, this is a real Covid-19 issue,” says Kidd-Brooks.

And Brooks says no restaurants have been closed by health departments.

"Some corporate offices have chosen to not open inside dining, it's just strictly to-go or drive-thru, or they've never reopened the establishment. We have not closed anyone," she says.

And a new category for inspectors to mark down.

Observance of protocol.

"If those protocols aren't observed, you won't have anything to report. They will be closed," Brooks says.

3 restaurants got top scores in the the most recent inspection, all of them in Longview.

In the High Plaza Center, Wing Stop at 2430 south High street.

No critical violations, no demerits, all protocol observed.

Longview John Silvers at 209 west Loop 281.

No critical violations, no demerits, all protocol observed.

Little Caesars pizza at 2430 south High street.

No critical violations, no demerits, all protocol observed.

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