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The Importance of COVID Safety in the Food Industry

With the rollout of the various COVID-19 vaccines in the US, the whole country has been able to take a collective sigh of relief as the end of the pandemic becomes conceivable. 

While the pressure has been relieved somewhat, the pandemic is surely not over. Because of this, being vigilant about health practices in the workplace is still as important as ever, especially in businesses that serve food and drink. Since masks are not worn while eating, restaurants can be a hot spot for the spread of COVID-19. Below are procedures and protocols recommended by the CDC to keep people safe in bar and restaurant settings.

  1. Signage

Adequate signage is an important step to making sure your establishment is encouraging social distancing practices. Signs should be in highly visible locations to both employees and the public. Important reminders at this time may be to frequently wash your hands, wear a mask, or to not use certain tables to allow for social distancing. 

Signage may also include added pages to a website to notify customers of the health practices that are in place. 

  1. Supplies

An important aspect of keeping your environment safe is providing sufficient resources and supplies for people to keep themselves healthy. This may include having many dispensers of hand sanitizer around the establishment or providing small anti bacterial or alcohol wipes to patrons as they enter. Not only do these things help keep the workplace safe but they help customers feel more comfortable.

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  1. Hygiene

Hygiene is always an important step for anyone’s health but is particularly important when handling food to be sold to other people. Proper hygiene includes washing hands frequently or at least 20 seconds, disinfecting surfaces often, coughing and sneezing into your sleeve, and using hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. 

  1. Masks and Social Distancing

One of the most effective and simple ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is requiring the use of masks for employees and customers. This is more difficult to do as masks cannot be worn while consuming food or drink however their use is still encouraged when possible. 

In addition to masks proper social distancing helps decrease transmission rates of COVID-19. Ways to implement social distancing can include putting stickers on the floor to encourage standing 6 ft apart or closing off certain tables to allow for greater space between parties. You may also limit the number of people in the dining room at a certain time. 

  1. Health Check Ins

Use Cocolevio’s premier return-to-work application Cert19 to check in with the health and wellbeing of your employees. Features like Health Sense Reminders, Questionnaires and Survey Modules provide employers with an inside view to how their employees are doing physically and mentally. Through the app employees can also be encouraged to stay home when they’re feeling sick or anonymously report violations to your policy or health protocols. 

How Cert19 can help you keep your restaurant safe 

Cocolevio’s Cert19 return-to-work application was created to help employees and customers feel safe and comfortable when going back to the office or any other place of business. This do it all product has many different features meant to keep you safe. The implementation of a service such as Cert19 can also protect you from potential lawsuits as it shows commitment to protecting patrons and workers.

Features:

Occupancy management: Monitor the number of employees and customers permitted in a space at any given time

Temperature Checks: Keep track of temperature readings for employees & customers; flag anomalies and potential threats

Survey Module: Send out personalized surveys to staff via email to receive feedback on how your employees are doing

Questionnaires: Daily questionnaires collect critical health and wellness information and detect ill persons

Health Sense Reminders: Remind employees to practice health protocol through periodic health sense notifications throughout the day

Feedback Whistle: Give employees the opportunity to anonymously report policy or safety violations

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