Reopening your café during Covid – Part 1
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.
We will be posting his tips and advices on a three series of posts. You can also find the original article, here. Many thanks Callum for sharing this piece of information with us!
PPE & CLEANING
Wear masks or face coverings as much as possible for the safety of yourself, the team and customers
Although the current government advice states that “wearing a face covering is optional and is not required by law, including in the workplace" (Working safely during coronavirus), perception is king, and if customers see the measures that you and the team are taking they will feel more confident to visit and to come back.
Consider gloves - but be careful!
Although not a legal requirement some businesses are now implementing a glove-use policy when handling food and drink. However, you must remember to change gloves as much as you would wash your hands, and wash your hands every time you do so. It may be more efficient not to wear gloves at all, as it has been reported that they can give 'a false sense of security' and washing your hands is a better precautionary measure (The Independent).
Provide hand sanitiser near the staff food & drink areas
Consider physical splash barriers
Cover up all food either behind perspex or in glass showcases
Laminate menus and wipe down after each customer
Ask customers to drop any used napkins into a dedicated bin
Remove hydration stations inside