Ever since the inception of the pandemic, businesses have been closed and people have been advised to self-isolate. Now that it has been over 2 months, countries across the world are easing the restrictions to let the economy fire back up. This doesn’t mean that Covid-19 is gone. It simply means that we will have to learn how to co-exist with the virus.
One of the recent reopenings that have been started is of bars and restaurants. But, is it safe to go now? And, what kind of precautions do the owners and the customers have to take?
For the owners
If you are a restaurant owner who is just reopening their business, there are a few precautionary steps that you need to abide by without fail. Some of them include:
- Get thermal screen equipment for the employees and the customers like a temperature scanner. Make it mandatory
- Make wearing masks mandatory for employees and customers
- Avoid letting anyone who is sick and is showing symptoms of cold and cough or fever
- Sanitise the entire restaurant now and then, multiple times during the day
- Focus more on allowing pick-ups and takeaway instead of dining in
- Station someone outside the restaurant who would check the temperatures before entering
For the customers
If you want to do your part in helping some of the local businesses to get their revenue back up, you must take some precautions too. This will ensure not just your safety but your community’s safety as well. Some of them include:
- Wear masks when out and about, even if you are using a drive-through to pick up your order
- Carry alcohol-based hand-sanitizers to sanitise your hand in case you come in contact with a stranger
- Opt for driveways or pick up instead of sitting and eating out to prevent getting checked by a thermometer or scanner
- Cooperate with the rules and regulations that have been introduced by the owners
- Be patient about the order because the restaurants might have reduced workforce and might be taking more precaution to get your order ready
Reopening of restaurants and bars doesn’t mean things are back to normal. You still need to be cautious and practice social distancing and wear masks when outside of your home. You must realise the seriousness of the issue and the condition and take the necessary precautions to enjoy some delicious takeout occasionally. If you can, support local businesses because they’ll need it more at this point.