Restaurants in Canada could look to Vancouver for ideas on how to safely reopen
Say goodbye to buffets, salt and pepper shakers, candles and even menus as the pandemic and subsequent health and safety measures reshape the restaurant experience in Vancouver.
The province issued a series of protocals for restaurants, bars, cafes and pubs looking to reopen. These protocols will help them cut down on any unnecessary contact and touching in nearly all aspects of the dining experience.
Restaurants are expected to ensure physical distancing is practiced by reducing the number of employees working at the same time.
Suggestions for policies that restaurants can implement are broken down into sections like general considerations, table service and kitchen and delivery.
Many of the general considerations revolve around staff management, like staggering breaks, encouraging remote work wherever possible and maintaining a two metre distance from other workers and guests.
Table service is where things get more interesting. The suggestions include:
Alberta has already issued protocols for when restaurants reopen for dine-in that also include scrapping buffet-style eating and limiting spaces to a 50-person capacity.
In New Brunswick, restaurants, pubs and taprooms have already begun to reopen.
Toronto is eyeing plans to allow patios to expand to allow for more physical distancing.
Restaurants in the United States have taken things even further with some performing temperature checks on guests and questioning them about symptoms.
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