Additionally, employees are advised not to touch their masks once they are on and if an employee does, they "must wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after touched masks on his face". By ensuring that employees follow these health guidelines, you also put your customers at ease and make them feel that you respect and care about everyone's health. As a restaurant owner, you also need to make sure employees wash their hands regularly and follow good hygiene practices.
For example, ask employees to wash their hands “before, during and after preparing food; after touching trash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and increase supervision to ensure adherence”. Gloves should also be worn by employees taking out trash bags or handling trash, handling service items that have been used or are soiled with food, or when cleaning or sterilizing surfaces. Remind employees to cover their mask with a tissue if they cough or sneeze or to “use the inside of their elbow” and wash their hands immediately afterwards.
Ensure that items frequently touched or shared by employees and customers are cleaned and disinfected regularly. For example, “ doorknobs, cash registers, workstations, sink handles, bathroom stalls” should all be cleaned at least once a day to prevent the transmission of germs. In addition, tables, bars, counters, trays and condiment holders should be cleaned after each use. Good ventilation is also very important when it comes to reducing the risk of transmission in restaurants. Open windows and "increase the total air supply to occupied spaces, where possible".