The risk of eating in restaurants when you think about it is overwhelming. One can never be too careful, and so many things can go wrong in trying to be “too careful”.
Most countries due to the pandemic have locked down schools, churches, restaurants, and recreational centers; all in a bid to contain the pandemic. But for how long!
Recently, leaders of some countries had to ease the lockdown (we must eat to survive at least) by encouraging restaurants to open with various safety protocols in line.
Restaurant management has designed and enforced guidelines for creating a safe space for their customers. These guidelines ensure peak hygiene, anything less than that violates the COVID-19 protocols.
For restaurants that have still not gotten a handle on how to go about their hygiene in these dark times, not to worry here are a few hygiene tips that you can follow.
Hand washing and hand drying
As we have all heard or seen in the media, the best line of defense against the virus is hand washing. Yes! Anyone handling customer food in your restaurant must be implored to wash hands at intervals. This protocol has even been extended to customers before entering any restaurant to wash hands before entering.
Hand drying is also important in ensuring staff and customer hygiene. Hence, it is important to make sure all hand dryers are functioning properly. Check here!
Compulsory use of face masks
Face masks should be worn by everyone (cooks, waiters, and customers) in the restaurant at all times. The masks, if disposable should be changed at intervals by all staff coming in contact with customers or their food.
Clean all surfaces in the restaurant
Sanitize all surfaces in the restaurant with the mandatory alcohol-based sanitizer. By doing this, you reduce the number of germs in the restaurant. According to CDC “the virus can survive on surfaces for up to nine hours” hence, cleaning is imperative.
Below are a few tips for cleaning surfaces:
- For dirty surfaces, clean with soapy water first.
- Then use a disinfectant containing 70% alcohol (vinegar or bleach can also be used).
- Do not wipe off soap or disinfectants immediately you apply them because cleaning agents need time on the surfaces to get rid of germs.
Constant sanitation of the restaurant surrounding
Cleaning surfaces in the restaurant is one of the protocols, however, the surroundings of your restaurant is another step. So it is advisable to try your possible best to always keep the surrounding of your restaurant clean and without dirt. (No one likes to eat in a dirty/un-kept place! So keep that place tidy and clean)
Restaurant’s kitchen hygiene is paramount
Every staff in the kitchen must be sensitized on how best to handle ingredients and foodstuff.
Here are some tips on how to best handle foodstuffs:
- All vegetables should be washed thoroughly.
- Food should be cooked to the right temperature.
- Perishable items should be refrigerated.
- Packages in which food items were bought should be disposed of properly and far away from the cooking arena.
Recent happenings have been overwhelming for most restaurants. Hence, all restaurant owners and workers should take a deep breath and think through their hygiene schedule.
To make it easier for you, there are numerous tips listed above or you could hire a cleaning agency. Whatever choices, you make it is fine as long as your restaurant is always clean and follows all COVID-19 protocols. Click here for more information: https://www.roundtablepizzakailua.com/the-safest-ways-to-dine-out-during-the-covid19-pandemic/…