COVID-19 has changed many things in 2020 but the effects it will have on the hospitality industry will be felt for years to come. The CDC offers Guiding Principles for ways in which restaurant and bar operators can protect employees, customers and communities to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Here are some of the CDC’s recommendations that restaurants and bars may consider to slow the spread.
Behaviors that Reduce Spread
Educating employees about when they should stay home and when they can return to work.
Require frequent hand washing and cover coughs and sneezes.
Require the use of cloth face coverings among all staff, as feasible.
Post signs in highly visible locations that describe how to stop the spread.
Guidance for Maintaining Healthy Environments
Cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces.
Discourage sharing of items that are difficult to clean.
Change layouts to ensure that all customer parties remain at least 6 feet apart.
Install physical barriers such as sneeze guards and partitions.
Preparing for Sick Employees
Advise Sick Employees of Home Isolation Criteria.
Notify Health Officials and Close Contacts.
Close off areas used by a sick person and do not use these areas until after cleaning and disinfecting them.
Tips for Maintaining Healthy Operations
Offer options or modify job responsibilities for employees at higher risk for severe illness.
Be aware of local or state policies and recommendations.
Rotate or stagger shifts to limit the number of employees in facility.
Use disposable food service items when feasible.
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