As a restaurant owner, you can take a range of steps to ensure safety, the most vital being educating staff about the importance of personal hygiene, respiratory etiquette, face coverings, physical distancing, and identifying and reporting symptoms.
Infrastructural changes such as rearranging seating, restructuring kitchens, discontinuing services like buffets, and restricting services to delivery and take-out can be implemented.
Certain administrative changes such as daily health screening, limiting hours of operations, shift rotations, and restricting the number of employees working at a time can also help in minimizing exposure.
As a business owner, you can also implement frequent cleaning and disinfecting processes, risk assessment procedures, and ensure that the ventilation and water systems in the building are in good health.
You should stay abreast of the guidelines issued and regularly updated by FDA, CDC, OSHA, and other local authorities.
The guidelines often include installing adequate signage, barriers, and markings to promote social distancing as well as informing the staff and customers about the safety policies and protocols. Restaurant owners should ensure an adequate supply of hand cleaning essentials, gloves, and face coverings at all times.