Self-service food, beverage stations prohibited by the Ohio Department of Health

Self-service food, beverage stations prohibited by the Ohio Department of Health

DAYTON — Self-service food, drink and condiment stations are prohibited. It's an Ohio Department of Health State ruling that is not new, but many may have been unaware, Public Information Officer for Public Health - Dayton Montgomery County said.

"It's part of our job, to help people understand," said Dan Suffoletto.

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Self-service food stations include, but are not limited to, condiment stations, bulk donut cases, roller grill stations, hot and cold beverage stations, soft-serve ice cream and yogurt machines, bulk food dispensers and free product sample stations.

Self-service stations, like soft drinks and hot coffee at many gas stations, may still be served, but must be served by an employee, Suffoletto said.

News Center 7's Mike Campbell spoke to one Dayton resident who frequents Speedway, a gas station many have noticed is being effected by the self-service guidelines.

"You can get gas, get whatever else you want, touching the door handles but you can't get a drink out the drinking fountain?" said Dominic Lombardo.

“I think its all kind of confusing and just unnecessary. I mean you’re splitting hairs when you’re saying you can’t get a cup and get yourself a drink but you can do basically everything else.”

Suffoletto noted that this guideline was not created by Public Health - Dayton Montgomery County and that they only enforce the rules.