The COVID-19 epidemic has drastically changed the way we live, and now we begin the new normal. With businesses starting to open up again, it’s time to think about how you can safely reopen your restaurant.
The CDC reported that coronavirus cannot be transmitted through food or food packaging, but that doesn’t mean food safety is any less important. If anything, it is even more vital now.
As we’ve said before, “a clean business is a safe business.” Keeping your business clean and following food safety procedures can reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to your customers and employees, and keeping your employees educated with food safety training will make reopening go smoothly as well as help slow the spread.
Here are a couple of reasons why you should be considering food safety when creating your restaurant’s reopening plan.
Proper food safety training is required by law. Be aware of your state and local requirements as you prepare to reopen and communicate with your employees, providing them with any PPE necessary.
Social Distancing Does Not Replace Good Hygiene
Social distancing is an important part of slowing the spread of coronavirus. That doesn’t mean that personal hygiene is any less important.
Even as you are social distancing, make sure employees are following proper food safety procedures. Washing your hands and sanitizing surfaces more frequently, especially after coughing or sneezing, will help ensure that the virus is not lingering on any surfaces.
Increase Customer and Employee Confidence
Lastly, properly educating you and your employees about food safety, then applying what you’ve learned, will help increase customer and employee confidence.
Showing customers and employees that you are taking their health and safety into account lets them know you care about them. A clean restaurant will make customers feel more comfortable, and in turn will encourage them to come back.
Always Food Safe offer customers a “badge” that they can show on their social media channels and in their restaurants to make customers aware that they take food safety seriously.
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Train you and your employees about Food Safety during COVID-19 with our quick 15-minute video.