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5 Ways to Ensure that Diners are Safe in Your Al Fresco Restaurant

By Mark Ching

Can the risk of COVID-19 infection be reduced to a very low minimum in al fresco restaurants? Read this article to get some ideas.

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Restaurants nationwide are switching to outdoor seating in line with stricter government regulations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Your restaurant may be one of those considering this tactic so you can keep your doors open during the MECQ.

But how can you be assured that diners will be safe once they sit down and eat? Here are a few safety tips:

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1. Follow social distancing protocols

Experts agree that there is less risk when dining outdoors. This does not mean, however, that we can be less strict with safety protocols. For example, social distancing protocols should still be followed. Your tables should be at least six feet apart, and the seats should have enough distance between them.

2. Encourage handwashing and sanitation

You may designate a handwashing station so customers can wash their hands before they proceed to their seats. You may also place alcohol or hand sanitizers on the tables that the customers can use occasionally.

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3. Masks on, masks off

Place a small sign on the tables to suggest to your diners that they should keep their masks on when the food is not yet served. They should only take it off when eating, and quickly put it back on once they are finished. It is for their own protection, too.

4. No talking, please

Research by Princeton University found that ordinary conversation can spread tiny droplets that could quickly spread in the air. Thus, you should gently remind your diners to minimize conversations.

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5. Provide disposables

Lastly, you should start providing disposable spoons, forks, and even plates to your customers so that there is no risk for your waiters to touch or clean any potentially infected items.

Always remember to adhere to recommended safety protocols so that the risk of COVID-19 infection in your restaurants can be kept at a very low minimum.

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Mark Ching is the Marketing and Design Head of iRipple. He previously worked in various roles in Imonggo for 10 years, starting as a customer support officer then later as a product manager.
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