SOPs for restaurants: 50% seating, disposable menus
Restaurants, opening up in non-containment zone areas from next week, have been asked to keep seating to half their capacity to ensure social distancing, and ensure necessary hygiene to contain spread of Covid-19, as per the Standard Operating Procedures issued by the government on Thursday.
As per the SOPs from the Union Health Ministry, only asymptomatic staff and patrons shall be allowed, and entrance will have mandatory hand hygiene - sanitiser dispensers, and thermal screening provisions.
The Health Ministry also advised the restaurants to ensure six feet distance in sitting arrangements and mandated to ensure use of face masks and face covers, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette for all the staff members and patrons.
As per the SOPs, "not more than 50 per cent of seating capacity to be permitted. Disposable menus are advised to be used."(Photo: Reuters)
The Ministry also said that instead of dine-in, restaurants should encourage takeaways. "Food delivery personnel should leave the packet at the customer`s door. Do not hand over the food packet directly to the customer," it said.
The SOPs also said that all employees who are at higher risk i.e. older employees, pregnant employees and employees who have underlying medical conditions, are to take extra precautions. "They should preferably not be exposed to any front-line work requiring direct contact with the public. Restaurant management to facilitate work from home wherever feasible," the guidelines said.(Photo: Reuters)