Without waiting on the government's specific guidance for restaurants, pubs & bars concerning the re-opening, the industry is acutely aware that reopening is really about winning consumer confidence:
- Dining room layout
- Customer journey
3 top industry players have taken the initiative by demonstrating what restaurants and bars should look like post-covid - answering the questions & concerns of the public.
Manchester’s Albert's Schloss
The very popular restaurant from Manchester, Albert's Schloss has published a video on what their business could look like post-covid ensuring customers that they’re thinking ahead and taking safety very seriously.
BrewDog’s 10-point plan to safe reopening
Scottish brewery Brewdog have been extremely committed during the crisis and revealed a 10-step plan to anticipate the reopening of their businesses and keep their customers safe.
You can find all 10 key initiatives on their website.
👏 Brewdog has been supporting the hospitality industry since day 1 and has launched Kickstart Collective to help independent bars, pubs and bottleshops.
The first post-covid designed hotel-restaurant designed In Cornwall
How would hotels continue to operate post-covid? This St Moritz hotel and spa in Cornwall unveiled the first post-covid restaurant designed to welcome its guests and respect social distancing.
This socially distanced built restaurant called ‘Anti-social club’ for hotel guests will consist of 16 private dining rooms with a maximum of 160 covers in order to respect future government guidelines and offer a unique experience for hotel guests.
Other hotels with great initiatives for reopening:
OYO hotels have launched the initiative "Sanitised Stays" for several of their establishments in the country, which are a series of procedures including removing unnecessary furniture, disinfecting objects and offering anything to guests in bags etc…
All in all, here’s a checklist of what to consider when reopening your business :
Dining room layout:
- Measure your space and check how many covers you’ll be able to welcome.
- Monitor your staff’s temperature every morning and make sure they don’t have any symptoms.
- Provide masks to your staff (either surgical masks or cloth masks) making sure they change them as advised by The World Health Organisation.
- Provide hand sanitiser in strategic places for your staff
Waiting on customers:
- Contactless ordering: Opt for a digital menu on a tablet that you can sanitise before and after use, a single-use menu or allow customers to order via an app on their phone like Yello
Those are not official guidelines from the government but well-thought-out advice, serving as ideas for you to get prepared to reopen.