COVID-19 | Restaurant & Office’s in the Era of Coronavirus
From The World Health Organisation:
Simple ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your workplace:
Office furniture has to be wiped down, including desk and especially the keyboards!
The low-cost measures below will help prevent the spread of infections in your workplace, such as colds, flu, and stomach bugs, and protect your customers, contractors and employees.
Employers should start doing these things now, even if COVID-19 has not arrived in the communities where they operate. They can already reduce working days lost due to illness and stop or slow the spread of COVID-19 if it arrives at one of your workplaces.
• Make sure your workplaces are clean and hygienic
• Surfaces(e.g. desks and tables) and objects (e.g.telephones, keyboards) need to be wiped with disinfectant regularly
• Why? Because contamination on surfaces touched by employees and customers is one of the main ways that COVID-19 spreads
Keeping Employees Safe:
What to do if an employee shows flu-like symptoms
• It is highly recommended that any employees who are showing flu-like symptoms should be excluded from the operation until they are symptom-free.
Keeping Customer Safe:
What to do if a customer shows flu-like symptoms in the restaurant
According to the CDC, the spread of COVID-19 occurs when people are in close contact (less than 6 feet) with an infected person. Some basic steps that could be taken are:
• Provide the customer with additional napkins or tissues to use when they cough or sneeze
• Make sure alcohol-based hand sanitizer is available for customers to use
• Be sure to clean and sanitize any objects or surfaces that may have been touched
Bodily Fluid Event:
What to do if there is a bodily fluid event
If a customer or employee vomits or has diarrhea it is recommended (AT THIS TIME) that the operations follow protocols that are in place for Norovirus be used
• Ensure the employee who is cleaning up the area is using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
• Segregate the area that has been contaminated
• Dispose of any food that has been exposed
• Ensure any utensils that might have been exposed are cleaned and sanitized
• Frequently clean and sanitize the area to include the floor, walls and any other objects contaminated by the incident
• Properly dispose of any of the equipment that was used to clean up the area.
The advice being given is generally common sense but in these strange times, it doesn’t hurt to brush up on the things we already know.
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