How Food Businesses Can Protect Workers from COVID-19

It is the nature of the food business to maintain a standard in hygiene. However, now with the COVID-19 pandemic, extra measures are to be taken to add more protection to the workers for preventing the spread of the COVID-19.The workers’ hygiene in a food business is important because they are the ones that prepare and cook the food. If the worker did not practice hygienic habits, there is a chance that the food served is contaminated with coronavirus. The following are 5 tips on how food businesses can protect workers from COVID-19.

1. Encourage Physical Distancing

The Food and Consumer Products of Canada has recommended that food businesses implement preventative measures that encourage physical distancing in between the workers and limit the sharing of the same equipment. This means employees should stay not closer than 2 meters from one another. More breaks and lunchrooms can be provided to encourage physical distancing.

2. Ask Your Workers to Bring Their Own Gloves and Masks
Food businesses may face difficulties in obtaining supplies such as masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) that are needed to maintain the workers’ health. This is due to the increase in demand during the coronavirus pandemic. If you face a shortage in the supplies, you can ask your workers to take the initiative to buy their own gloves and masks for wearing to work.

3. Disinfect All Surfaces Before Restaurant Close
When the restaurant is about to close, the waiter should use a rag cloth soaked with disinfectant to wipe every table, chairs, food menus, and food ordering counter. The floor should be mopped with a disinfectant solution to ensure it is free from germs. During cleaning, the windows and doors are to be opened to allow the air to circulate and dry the surfaces you’ve just cleaned. After cleaning, the staff must wash their hands with hand sanitizer. To encourage the hygienic habit, the restaurant can install hand sanitizers in multiple locations. The hand sanitizers should be refilled with handwash solutions all the time.

4. Offer Food Delivery Service
Restaurants may want to consider offering food delivery service. If you offer a food delivery service, there will significantly lesser people coming to your restaurant to dine in. This means there is a lesser risk for your workers to work in the restaurant as they are not open to exposure of the coronavirus from customers who sneeze, and cough during eating.

5. Reduce Opening Hours
You can reduce the opening hours and close your restaurant early as a way of coping with the coronavirus crisis. By closing early, you are reducing the number of customers you are serving. Instead of having multiple servers, you can assign a server to bring food to the customers’ table. Employees are to wash their hands before they handle any dish. You can also reduce contact among the customers and staff by allowing at least 6 feet in between the tables.