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How should restaurants clean during coronavirus

One of the many industries that have been hit hardest by Coronavirus is the food and restaurant industry. The practice of social distancing, along with state and national recommendations, closures, and guidelines has created tremendous complications for standard business operations with regard to restaurants - especially locally owned and operated establishments.  


Fortunately, soon, restaurants can finally re-open their doors to customers, but this of course means that food establishments must take extra precautions when reopening for business. Vira Shield Australia is here to offer a few pointers when it comes to keeping your establishment safe from the threat of this devastating pandemic.

 

Follow your company’s communication and safety policies


There’s a big difference between how franchisees and chain restaurants will respond to the virus compared to that of individually owned small businesses, primarily because there is a different infrastructure in place. If you own your own business, for example, your city or state may have regulations and guidelines for how you can and should be cleaning your restaurant for opening, as well as how you can keep it clean on an ongoing basis as our country recovers from the Coronavirus.


If you are a franchise owner, the first thing that you want to do is to check the communication and safety policies of your corporation. Many chains and bigger companies are issuing their own communications on safety policies, and it is of course best practice to adhere to these policies when cleaning to protect your team and your customers from the virus.  


Routine personnel cleaning procedures


Washing/sanitising hands and personal hygiene is another simple, yet critical aspect of keeping your restaurant clean and safe during the pandemic. You may already have reminders posted in your kitchen, bathrooms, and public use areas encouraging everyone to wash their hands; the best practice is to continue to impress upon your team and your customers that their health and the health of others are of the utmost importance. Therefore, everyone in the establishment needs to be washing their hands and sanitising regularly. Far more so than they would in normal conditions. 


Make sure that you frequently communicate with your customers what precautions you are actively taking to keep them safe during these times. Many customers may be understandably hypersensitive to even just a smudge on the table, so avoid discomfort by frequently cleaning your tables, counters, and seats. Your customers seeing you clean frequently will bring them comfort and confidence when they’re in your establishment and it will also remind them of their own hygienic practices when visiting your business.  

Routine establishment cleaning procedures


Regardless of the size of your restaurant, every restaurant has a stringent standard of health and safety that they are required by law to meet. Now, more than ever, it is important to up-hold routine cleaning procedures consistently;


This means everyone on your team is doing their part to clean.


In short, when it comes to cleaning and sanitation, you are simply going to have to step up your game. The virus has been compared to being as messy and free-moving as glitter. Every fork, table, plate, and menu will be covered in germs after a customer has left your establishment. If you take it seriously, however, you will keep your establishment a safe, healthy and happy place to dine. 


Cleaning recommendations 


The state of Victoria, and our beloved Melbourne, has undoubtedly been hit hardest by the virus. This of course, means raising your cleaning and hygiene standards and changing or updating your policies and procedures to at the very least include the following policies:

  • The use of masks in your restaurant. 

  • Separating customers at a safe distance. 

  • Limiting your staff to only what is necessary. 

  • Limiting the number of customers you are able to serve at one time. 

  • Scheduled deep cleanings and sanitising of your establishment. 

Considering you are in a high-risk industry, make sure that you are monitoring your team and employees’ health closely. Remind them of your employee health policy and that they need to take that seriously at all times. This will be an ongoing process that will require training, seminars, reminders and accountability to make sure that your team stays on top of the strict hygiene and sanitisation standards. 


Vira Shield Australia


The demands of cleaning and maintaining a restaurant at this high level can be exhausting and extremely time-consuming. If you need help with deep cleaning and sanitising your restaurant, contact our Vira Shield team today, so that we can help you do, what we do best.  


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