It’s no secret your restaurant’s customers are scared of getting sick. Restaurant operators are, too, but they’re also afraid COVID-19 will keep guests from coming to their restaurants. It is putting restaurants between the proverbial rock and a hard place. It is, however, possible to ease a sales slowdown by making sure guests know that your restaurant is taking the necessary precautions to keep employees and customers safe. Here are six ways to accomplish that.
- Make sure your back-of-the-house staff wear gloves at all times, as do employees preparing/handling ingredients in plain sight of customers.
- Make sure hand-sanitizer, soap and paper towel dispensers in your bathrooms are always filled.
- Servers and managers should be able to explain, if asked, your daily FOH cleaning procedures; they should note that employees who show flu-like symptoms are instructed to stay home or are sent home.
- Carry an electronic thermometer to take the temperature of employees who may feel sick.
- Get ready for delivery with appropriate packaging and menu items. If you do not use a third-party delivery service, you or your manager may have to deliver food yourselves to customers.
- And check to see if ghost kitchens are in your area and if they can accommodate your menu.