As the dust settles and states begin to look forward to reopening it’s time to think about what types of measures your bar, restaurant, or other types of establishments in Michigan should undertake. Before reopening you should address concerns regarding sanitation and safety, employee education, liability, distancing, and continue to offer pick up and delivery.
Michigan restaurants can reopen indoor dining with limited capacity, curfew on Feb 1. Additional regions are slated to reopen over time.
Sanitation and safety
Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MiOSHA) has provided guidance to bars and restaurants for reopening. Some of the guidelines suggest that each business develops a preparedness and response plan. In addition, designate someone to administer and monitor all COVID-19 responsibilities at the business.
This training should include self-screening protocols, maintaining social distance, the use of face masks, updated cleaning procedures, a notification plan for reporting positive cases, restricting non-essential travel, encouraging PPE and hand sanitizer, promoting remote work, and anything else deemed necessary by business, city, state or federal requirements. The cleaning and disinfecting protocols go into detail about increasing facility cleaning and sanitization practices. Specifically the focus of concern are high touch areas and shared equipment.
Not only is it important to make sure all of your employees are up to date on safe Michigan Alcohol Seller and Server training, it’s also important to make sure all employees are able to successfully identify if an employee or patron is showing signs of COVID-19 (World Health Organization COVID-19 Symptoms list).
In addition, you should update business policies that dictate when and for how long an employee should be out from work. The CDC currently recommends self-quarantining for 14 days someone who is symptomatic and who subsequently tests positive.
Before opening be sure to post a clear and concise liability waiver. This statement should be available for patrons and servers to read on the door or in seating areas. This waiver should also communicate how you would like your customers to conduct themselves, how the staff has been trained and enhanced cleaning procedures.
In order to maintain the recommended six feet of separation, it’s recommended that you redesign the dining room areas to seat customers farther apart. You may want to consider canceling or postponing events that typically bring in crowds like fundraising, bands, and banquets. It is also recommended that you temporarily discontinue self-service food and drink areas.
There will be regular patrons who would prefer to remain distanced from the general population, so it may still be lucrative to maintain pick up and delivery options that were put into place.
If this option was previously not in place, it may be a good time for management to reconsider.
Enroll in training to sell, serve, or deliver alcohol in Michigan today!
Additional resources related to COVID in your state include: