Reopening your café during Covid – Part 2
As coffee shops in the UK are reopening since 4th of July, Callum Parsons, an award-winning coffee enthusiast and founder of Fire & Flow Coffee Roasters, wrote a very interesting article with top tips on how to navigate these uncertain times and reopen your café safely.
On the second part of this series, Callum gives important tips and advice on talking to your staff and preparing space and signage for your café reopening.
At risk individuals
Talk with your team. Is there anyone at risk or do they live with someone who is at risk and needs shielding from any potential exposure?
Talk through Covid measures
Take your team through each protective measure that you’re taking, explain why you have chosen to do this and how you can all work together to keep the measures working as smoothly as possible. Also, be sure that your team are all aware to refrain from working if they do show any symptoms.
It always helps to get your team's input - ask them to flag up any issues (or potential issues) they see or any concerns that they may have whilst working.
SPACE & SIGNAGE
Utilise outdoor space if you have it
Look to ‘create’ outside space if you don’t have any...
If there was ever an opportunity to receive extra support now will be the time to ask. If you have a neighbour who is a different business (for example a hairdresser or a retail business) ask them if you can support one another, give them a few coffees and perhaps they will let you put a few extra seats outside their business. If they’re an evening trade business and you’re a daytime perhaps try and share some outside seating and the upkeep.
Keep doors open when possible
Space out your tables and create a one-way system if possible
If the Government applies similar guidance as it has for non-essential retailers, you may need to display a poster to show employees and customers that you have followed the official Government guidance. You can see this poster for non-essential retailers here.