The National Restaurant Association has released guidelines for the reopening of eating establishments as the coronavirus lockdown period comes to an end.
The association said that its guidelines are a collection of widely accepted practices believed to slow the spread of COVID-19, and should be taken in conjunction with government advice.
Guidance focuses on food safety, cleaning and sanitizing, employee health monitoring and personal hygiene, and social distancing.
Each section includes a list of actionable items an operation should consider as it evaluates its safety procedures.
“By combining this guidance with a restaurant’s existing policies gleaned from the FDA Food Code, ServSafe training, and recommendations from local health officials, they can help secure a safe opening,” said Sherman Brown, executive vice president, training and certification.
“Adding to current best practices is an approachable way for owners and managers to put the modified protocols into practice as state and local officials begin to open communities.”
To prepare to comply with opening procedures, the document advises operators to update their existing policies and operating procedures in accordance with the latest FDA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance, as well as in accordance with local and state officials.
The full document can be downloaded HERE.