Restaurant Reopening

Here are some tips to prevent an accident or loss that could interrupt or delay your getting back to business:

Exterior
Ensure an exterior inspection is conducted of your building or leased space for roof/siding damage and safe walking/driving surfaces, including entryways and parking areas, security camera operation, and parking lot lighting

New & Returning Employees
Ensure proper protocols are in place for employee and customer safety. Make sure you have COVID-19 preparedness, response, and control plans in place. All employers should implement and update as necessary a plan that:

  • Is specific to your workplace
  • Identifies all areas and job tasks with potential exposures to COVID-19
  • Includes control measures to eliminate or reduce such exposures
Interior Building & Mechanical Systems
  • Ensure an interior inspection for roof leaks and general condition while vacant, including any evidence of rodent/insect infestations or vandalism
  • Confirm proper operation of all lighting and mechanical/HVAC systems and turn off/on circuit breakers
  • Pest control services and sprinkler system inspection, if needed

Interior Security
Test security system cameras, motion/perimeter sensors, fire/smoke alarms, computer/cash register, and internet accessibility

Food Management & Quality
  • Dispose of all perishables, replace/change fryer oils, and verify dry goods expiration dates
  • Ensure adequate refrigeration/freezing temperatures and proper cooking equipment operation, flush hot/cold water lines, run dishwasher, etc.
  • Conduct revised food service/hygiene training for all employees
Patron Safety & Security
  • Check with local/state authorities or the CDC and implement current requirements for restaurant social distancing
  • Ensure adequate life safety (addressing any blocked exit doors, egress pathways, etc.)
  • Conduct thorough cleaning of all restrooms, tables, chairs, bars, server stations, floors, cooking equipment, cooking exhaust systems, shelving, cooking/eating utensils, etc., and all touch points
    • Reference EPA-registered COVID-19 disinfectant
  • Consider assigning employee(s) to frequently re-clean high touch points while open

Cooking & Food Preparation Safety
Reschedule (if needed):

  • Kitchen hood suppression system service inspections
  • Kitchen hood duct and filter power washing
  • Walk-in cooler/freezer refrigeration services

Consult with and update your insurance agent prior to and during your reopening.

 

Sources: CNBC, CDC, Compliant IA, National Restaurant Association, Nation's Restaurant News