COVID-19 UPDATE - Grand Central Bakery

Grand Central Bakery

Portland Locations

Seattle Locations

COVID-19 UPDATE

At Grand Central Bakery, we value the safety and happiness of our employees and our customers. We’re grateful for the community we share and especially for your trust, and we are committed to transparency as we navigate a global pandemic.

Please scroll down for list of confirmed cases at our facilities.

Grand Central Bakery strongly recommends the COVID-19 vaccination for every employee. All employees and new hires are asked to fill out a confidential survey that allows us to track our vaccination rates.

Our position on the vaccine is based on three principles:

  • that the health and safety of our community is our top priority,
  • that science informs and guides our public health strategies, and
  • that the wellbeing of our community should not be put at risk by personal preferences.

Put simply, we deserve to live and work in an environment where public health measures help keep us all safer.

Visiting our cafes:
We’re happy to be able to serve our customers the delicious fresh products they count on. For the safety of all, we require customers to wear a mask at all times when approaching our ordering and pickup areas and interacting with our staff.

Enjoying our bread:
We are confident about the safety of our products and the safe practices our delivery drivers use in getting fresh bread to your grocer. We are fully transparent with our supermarket and restaurant customers about any positive cases and product changes that may result from that. The CDC, FDA, and Department of Agriculture have concluded that food and food packaging is not associated with COVID-19 transmission.

Here are current policies in place to protect our employees and customers from exposure to Covid-19: 

  • Encouraging COVID-19 vaccines for every employee who is able to receive one
  • Face masks that meet current CDC recommendations are required
  • Employees required to stay home if sick; sick pay benefit for employees
  • Frequent sanitation throughout the workday
  • Hand sanitizer stations installed throughout work areas
  • 6-foot separation designed/engineered into work areas when possible.
  • Staggered starts/breaks for work shifts in production bakeries.
  • Limits on production to ensure employee staffing on any shift stays at safe levels.
  • Employees work from home wherever possible
  • Paid sick time for employees
  • Controlled entrance to vendors; masks required
  • Daily safety huddles to provide additional education to employees
  • Signs throughout facilities supporting best practices and providing more education as needed
  • Indoor tables with ample spacing and outdoor tables to allow open-air dining

Support for staff members:
Our employees have been supplied cloth face coverings and additional PPE if necessary. Work spaces have been engineered to allow for social distancing. Our facilities have the highest level of air circulation and filtering in place, and our maintenance team is responsive to any safety concerns that are raised. We have maintained above-market pay and generous benefits for any employee working 25 hours or more per week, and staff can access paid time off for work absences due to testing. We communicate promptly about any positive cases to our employees and customers, and we have an internal communications system that can be accessed by employees on and off work. In the event of COVID-19 symptoms or possible exposure, we follow consistent protocol and maintain strict employee confidentiality throughout the process. We have a full-time safety manager and a Virus Response Team that meets frequently to consider and make sure our policies reflect the most current information available from local and national health authorities. Employees can access available paid sick time or use the FFCRA should they need to after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Grand Central Bakery Staff Positive COVID-19 Cases:

We have confirmed staff cases of COVID-19 in the following locations:

Case List Sept 15_2021