Safely opening your restaurant is important, especially as we see restaurants shut down a second time due to the pandemic. The National Restaurant Association has released guidelines for safely reopening restaurants during COVID-19. Reopening safely gives your guests, staff, and you, peace of mind you are offering the most safety for everyone as possible.
We’ve taken a look at the guidelines and summarized the steps for you below.
- Advertise on your social channels. Let customers know you’re open! Announce that you’re reopening on your social media and inform your guests of the precautions you’re taking.
- Switch to Single Use Items. Reduce the amount of time it takes to bus a table and the possibility of the spread of germs by using single use items such as single packet condiments and disposable silverware.
- Offer hand sanitizer to guests and staff. You can set up contactless hand sanitizer stations so it’s easy for everyone to access. This ensures people are dining with clean hands.
- Limit contact between guests and staff. If contact is necessary have staff wear masks.
- Use contactless payment options as much as possible. Did you know with Table Needs your guests can order and pay right from their phone? Learn more about TableNeeds here.
- Pre-screen staff before their shift for any symptoms of illness. You want to ensure that staff feels healthy before they start their shift. Make it a routine to monitor the staff’s health before they start. One suggestion by the NRA is to take employee’s temperature prior to shifts.
- Avoid large gatherings. Create a designated area for reservations to wait. Post signs, floor markers, and use separate doors as exits and entrances. This will ensure the areas do not get too crowded.
- Check on the restrooms often. Clean and sanitize them frequently. Set up a schedule for staff to clean the bathrooms. Clean restrooms give guests confidence you value sanitation.
- Wipe down surfaces after every use. Have sanitizer wipes and sprays readily available at every station to reduce the spread of germs.
- Use gloves at your discretion. Set up a policy to wear gloves, possibly when you’re delivering food to a table.
You can see the National Restaurant Association full guide for reopening your restaurant on their website or you can visit Table Needs for a full list of COVID-19 resources.