Cleaning Restaurants During Coronavirus
As the U.S. economy seeks to safely reopen restaurants, stores, and businesses while the novel coronavirus pandemic is still at large, there are many factors for a business-owner to keep in mind. The health of staff and customers is very important, and cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting is an effective way to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Properly cleaning sites from top to bottom keeps people safe, and assuages customer concerns.
Here are cleaning methods and protocols that restaurants can engage in to keep coronavirus out:
1. Use approved disinfectants with an EPA “emerging viral pathogen” claim and follow the specified procedures on high-touch guest areas: door knobs, door handles and push plates, railings, light and air-control switches, menus, faucets, toilet flush levers, the restrooms, for example.
2. Use approved disinfectants with an EPA “emerging viral pathogen” claim and follow the specified procedures on high-touch employee areas: the service station, bar, lobby counters, tables in the kitchen, handles on coolers and equipment, point-of-sale terminals and touch screens and pagers (do not damage electronics), for example.
3. Wash and sanitize food contact surfaces and equipment on a more frequent basis.
4. Ensure all hand sinks are properly accessible and stocked.
5. Perform training, and reinforce cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting procedures.
6. Discuss hand hygiene, the policy for sick employees, and cough etiquette.
7. Monitor employee health.
8. Utilize prevention controls and food safety culture.
These are some of the proactive measures to keep in mind to safely reopen your restaurant in the age of coronavirus. Keeping ill employees out of the restaurants, increasing hand-washing, and disinfecting surfaces more frequently are appropriate actions to take. If your business needs a deep clean, find a professional cleaning business in your area.