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With restaurants set to reopen in the province, BC's Restaurant and Food Services Association releases its best practices guideline to ensure the health and safety of guests and staff.
May 11, 2020 - EightSix Staff
After much consultation with key industry players within the province and across Canada, the British Columbia Restaurant and Food Services Association (BCRFA) has created a set of best practices for operators to follow as they prepare to reopen for in-restaurant dining.
The goals of the framework are to increase diner confidence that strict, government-sanctioned health and safety measures are being followed while providing an opening checklist and other resources that will help operators do so consistently throughout the opening phases.
In short, the BCRFA's recommended health and safety best practices are as follows:
1. All staff read and sign a health check declaration form
2. Restaurants provide a medical resource list for staff
3. Restaurants ensure that all staff are aware of a health and safety point person
4. Operators and staff may refuse service while following Ministry of Health protocols
5. All staff undergo pre-shift health checks via temperature readings
6. Restaurants use physical barriers to separate guests and staff for counter service and payment
7. Operators create and publish a safety protocol regarding deliveries and suppliers
8. Restaurants reduce items that remain on tables including condiments, bill folds, and candles
9. Operators increase use of sanitizing stations for guests and encourage the use of hand sanitizer upon entering the restaurant
The BCRFA's blueprint also includes information on cleaning and sanitation and recommendations on physical distancing measures, guest education and staff training.
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