The Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) is offering health and safety training to restaurants in a bid to restore customer confidence in dining out.
This is based on a survey that suggested 77% of consumers would be reducing their number of restaurant visits.
The move is in partnership with Dallas College and A Closer Look, and will require at least five employees to undergo training in order to see a restaurant certified safe.
A Closer Look is a company that specializes in offering accurate and detailed customer feedback to businesses in hospitality and other industries.
It will aid the TRA with the final part of the process, an onsite evaluation of each restaurant.
The program is funded by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), which will initially cover the costs of the evaluation of 500 restaurants.
“This comprehensive program allows restaurant owners and their staff to demonstrate to the public that they have done everything possible to safely receive guests in their dining rooms,” said Dr. Emily Williams Knight, President and CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association.
“I am proud that TRA can provide a training program to ensure employees are aware, trained, and certified in what is expected and required to safely operate today.
“This is a big win for our industry and will continue to build trust between consumers and restaurants. With more than 700,000 jobs lost and 5B in revenue since the start of the pandemic, Texas restaurants need this support and I am confident will continue to rise to the challenge of feeding and caring for Texans.”