Coronavirus paranoia has continued to evolve. Everyone is struggling and our favorite place aka restaurants are being hit hard. Restaurants were entirely closed before but now FDA is providing a food safety re-opening checklist. But before opening and continuing with our service we need to take strict measures to ensure everyone’s safety.
We already know the importance of washing hands every 20 mints but when it comes to serving food safely, there are some extra simple steps you can take to that will help you keep germs at bay. So without any further ado let’s get to our guide on how to serve food safely during this pandemic.
Firstly and most importantly you need to wash your hand every 20 mints. Use a quality based sanitizer if soap is not available. You need to wash your hands even you are not touching anything and just taking food from serve over counter display fridge. Keep your fingernails trimmed short. There are several key times during which you must wash your hands like when entering the workplace, after coughing or sneezing, after using the bathroom, before eating or preparing food, after handling trash, and after using public transportation.
Face Covering and Gloves:
Face covering is practiced to protect other people. A well-secured face covering should be compulsory for all employees as well as customers. Employees should also be encouraged to wear gloves to maintain excellent hygiene.
Prevent Food Handling:
You need to take these measures a step ahead by limiting food handling. Train your staff to stop touching the food while handling and packaging. Try to engage fewer staff members in the kitchen. Make sure that your employees who are handling food are well and following all the protocols and guidelines. Make sure to handle raw and cooked food separately.
You need to up your cleaning game before, during, and after shifts. You need to frequently wiping down counters, cleaning cookware, tableware, utensils, and high-contact surfaces like door and cabinets handles.
Physical distancing is also mandatory for employees and customers. Here are some points you need to follow to ensure physical distancing.
- Try to minimize contact with customers.
- You need to maintain a safe distance while handing goods and taking payment.
- Do not use reusable bags or containers.
- Install barriers between cashiers and customers
- Restrict the number of people on-site.
- Limit the number of people working in one space at the same time.
Sanitize Your Place:
Make a routine and regularly sanitize your workplace. You need different employees who will daily sanitize commonly-touched surfaces and areas used by employees and customers such as entrances, counters, washrooms and kitchens. Also, make sure to sanitize shared equipment. Improve your ventilation system to intake fresh air. Keep a safe place for customers to dispose of used sanitizing wipes and other supplies.
To conclude all these policies don’t forget to check on your employees and be vigilant about hand-washing and cleaning. If someone started showing symptoms send them on leave immediately. Be sympathetic to everyone also don’t lose hope.
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