mobile food unit operations during covid-19
Guidelines and best practices for mobile food units to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 through the community.
*If you have specific questions about parking, neighborhoods, or restricted areas, they should be addressed with the city offices in the municipality where you will be operating.
1. Remind employees of best hygiene practices, including washing their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
2. Remind employees to cover coughs and sneezes and use a tissue when possible. Also follow with an immediate hand wash of atleast 20 seconds.
3. Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth. (Face in general)
4. Try to maintain the 6-foot minimum distance between employees.
5. Workers that are possible sick with the symptoms matching COVID-19 should stay home. If possible, employees with familymembers with symptoms matching COVID-19 should also stay home.
6. Workers who have symptoms should not return to work until they are symptom free. (Current guidance is free of symptoms for 72 hours.)
1. Encourage only 1 customer at the order / pick up windows at a time.
2. Friendly reminder to encourage customers to maintain the 6-foot separation/social distancing practice.
3. Provide customers with hand sanitizer (if possible)
4. Remove any tables or chairs, benches, etc. Do not have a place for customers to sit or loiter.
Food Safety and Preparation:
1. Even with hand washing, a best practice is to still use a barrier such as tongs, gloves, tissues, or other utensil to prevent direct hand contact with the prepared food.
2. Continue to use the sanitizers that you are currently approved to use. Only use sanitizers that are approved to be safe in a food preparation environment.
3. Increase the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing in the customer accessed areas, such as the order/pick up windows and counters, credit card machines, pens, etc.
4. Remove all customer self-service items such as condiments, napkins, coolers with drinks. Provide these items as individual packets or place them in the to-go containers.
5. Remove all unnecessary items and decorations to allow for easier cleaning and sanitizing.
6. When possible limit(simplify) menu items and reduce customer wait times to help reduce customers having to congregate. Encourage phone orders and online payments.
Update to Mobile Food Truck Licensing
Mobile food trucks can now purchase an annual special event license. This means that food trucks will now be permitted to set up and sell at any special event without purchasing a single special event license. For more details, please download this flyer created by the City of Oklahoma City.
The mobile food service program at the OKC-County Health Department ensures proper licensing, inspection, and education of mobile food vendors throughout Oklahoma County. The program also serves as a guide for providing potential vendors with all the steps required for legal operation in Oklahoma County, as well as the proper construction of mobile food vehicles. We work hand in hand with the vendor to ensure that all processes involved with licensing, education, and inspection are informative and happen as quickly as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I have a mobile that was previously licensed in another county. How do I obtain a license in Oklahoma County?
Before purchasing a mobile, please refer to the Construction Guidelines and make sure the mobile being bought meets these guidelines. Obtain a blueprint if possible as well as pictures of the interior and exterior. Mobile requirements have recently changed, and some municipalities have additional mobile requirements, so changes could be required of your mobile before it can be licensed in Oklahoma County. The individual should also be able to provide proof that the mobile was licensed in a county in Oklahoma.
Q: I have a mobile that was licensed in Oklahoma County. How do I file a change of ownership?
If the mobile has a current mobile license with the Oklahoma State Department of Health and has been licensed in Oklahoma County, please call (405) 425-4348. You will need to know the current licensed business name and address and the new address where the mobile unit will be based. An inspector will be assigned based on the location of your mobile unit.
Q: Can I park my mobile or pushcart at this location? If not, why?
If you are parking in Oklahoma City, you must obtain a written letter of permission from the property owner where you are going to park. You will also need to contact the City of Oklahoma City at (405) 297-2606 to verify that the location you have selected is zoned for the operation of mobile units. OCCHD does not have the authority to determine where a mobile can park. If you are in another municipality, please contact your local city hall.
Q: What is the first step I need to take regarding mobile licensing?
Contact the Oklahoma Tax Commission at (405) 521-3160. They are located at 2501 N. Lincoln, Oklahoma City, OK 73194. You may also visit their website. You will not be issued a license without an Oklahoma Tax Permit.
Q: If I have an ice cream truck, what is the first step I need to take to get licensed?
Contact the City of Oklahoma City and obtain an OSBI background check. To contact the City of Oklahoma City, please call (405) 297-2606 and dial 0 for the operator. They are located at 420 W. Main, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.