Amid the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, businesses, particularly restaurants and commercial foodservices, across the country must adapt to new demands. As restaurants begin to reopen their dining rooms, there is a renewed emphasis on safety.
Amongst these new safety trends, including adjusting layouts to accommodate social distancing guidelines, implementing new crowd control solutions, updating cleaning and disinfecting procedures, and installing more hand sanitizing stations and touchless solutions to protect patrons and staff against the spread of germs and viruses, it’s crucial to ensure your establishment has all the supplies on hand so your guests feel safe dining in again.
Our team is continuously sourcing and stocking solutions to help your business adapt and stay on track. Our product experts remain fully accessible to help answer questions, concerns, and find additional solutions for your changing needs. Connect with one via phone, email, or chat.
Here’s our list of top coronavirus safety products.
- Personal Protection Equipment and Supplies
- Cleaners and Disinfectants
- Clean Hands Kits
- Safety Shields and Barriers
- Touchless Solutions
- Social Distancing Floor Signs
- Hygiene Signs
- Outdoor Signs and Tents
- Crowd Control Solutions
- Parking Lot Traffic Management
- Reopening Essentials
- Outdoor Furniture
- Related Safety Resources
The COVID-19 Coronavirus spreads from person to person contact. This can be a challenge to limit in a dine-in environment. Therefore, all staff, including front and back-of-house employees, should wear a face covering that covers both mouth and nose.
Disposable gloves are also ideal to protect against the spread – especially when touching commonly-used surfaces.
Did you know the COVID-19 Coronavirus can live on stainless steel surfaces for up to three days? It’s more important than ever to regularly clean and disinfect all surfaces. It’s recommended you update your cleaning frequency and procedures, and train all employees how to do so thoroughly to effectively kill the coronavirus.
Standard cleaners alone isn’t enough. You need to also disinfect with a disinfectant formulated with at least a 70% alcohol content.
Set up stands in your dining room and all common areas for guests and staff to quickly (and frequently) sanitize their hands. Keeping your hands clean is one of the best ways to reduce the spread of germs and viruses.
See also: Touchless Soap and Sanitizer Dispensers
Installing protective barriers is an ideal way to maintain safety without prohibiting face to face interactions. We have several configurations available, including counter-mounted, hanging, and easily portable stand-alone barriers. These are ideal to help safely facilitate transactions and are ready to be installed at cash registers, checkout lines, host stands, bars, etc. Table partitions are also available to separate tables to maintain a barrier between parties.
As noted, COVID-19 readily spreads from person to person contact. This can easily happen when touching a contaminated surface and then touching your face. Therefore, hands-free solutions are more hygienic and the best bet to prevent this.
Our assortment includes:
The importance of social distancing cannot be understated. Make sure it stays on top of everyone’s mind and is easy to follow by using floor signs to designate safe distances.
Communicating expectations is key, and this is very much true for proper hygiene practices. Set up signs around your common areas so guests and staff are aware of these expectations and the proper means in which to do so. Also, when guests see these signs, it reaffirms their faith that you’re putting their safety and wellbeing above all else, and makes them more comfortable dining at your restaurant.
Outdoor signs and tents are a great way to communicate to, and direct, patrons so they maintain safe distances without hampering the flow of your operation. These help quickly notify them of pickup stations, where the line starts, promote your delivery services, and more.
Crowd control solutions help adapt your layout to accommodate safe distancing. These include message boards to readily communicate expectations, rope barriers, and more.
It is safest to limit the number of occupants inside your facility at any given time. If you have a parking lot, you can use that space to safely accommodate waiting patrons.
Our reopening essentials comprise of all the necessities to resume normal operations while prioritizing the safety and wellbeing of everyone. We also have a number of reopening packages available to help you quickly get all the essentials you need, including face masks and shields, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, and social distancing floor mats.
Read also: How to Reopen Your Restaurant Amid COVID-19
Many establishments are adapting the layout on their patios and outdoor areas to safely accommodate more guests. This includes setting up patio fencing to establish barriers between parties.
- Reopening Your Restaurant Amid COVID-19
- Foodservice Resources for Dealing with the COVID-19 Coronavirus
- Coronavirus Cleaning Procedures and Restaurant Cleaning Checklist
- How to Disinfect Stainless Steel Surfaces to Kill Viruses and Bacteria
- Handwashing Best Practices
- Maximizing Restaurant Space While Promoting Social Distancing
- A Crash Course in Food Safety
- How to Prevent Cross-Contamination
- Developing a HACCP Plan and Establishing Active Managerial Control
Chase joined Central Restaurant Products in February 2016 as a Content Specialist, bringing to the role years of various foodservice experience, including front-of-house service (slingin’ chicken wings and libations with a smile on his face) and back-of-house food prep using heavy-duty commercial cooking equipment to prepare for peak dining hours at his university’s dining hall.
He puts this experience to use writing for Central’s Resource Center, website, and print catalog. ServSafe certified, he enjoys educating on food safety in the commercial setting, researching new dining room and tabletop trends, and sharing innovative solutions to enhance operational efficiencies. He also enjoys (in no specific order) long hikes with his dog, bingeing 90s sitcoms, red wine, and live music.