Coronavirus Supplies Checklist for RestaurantsLast updated on 6/10/2020
To remain operable during coronavirus quarantines, restaurants have established delivery services and adjusted their business models. As the foodservice industry adapts to the new normal imposed by COVID-19, many restaurant owners are asking, “what supplies do I need for a pandemic?”
Workplace hygiene is critical to safely operating during a pandemic and gaining the public’s trust. Create a dining environment your customers are comfortable patronizing with our coronavirus supplies checklist, so you can safely and successfully reopen your restaurant.
Click below for a downloadable coronavirus supplies checklist:
1. Personal Hygiene Supplies
Frequent handwashing with soap is the most effective way to prevent the coronavirus from spreading. However, workplace hygiene efforts alone will not safeguard your business from COVID-19. You need to make sure employees aren’t reporting for their shift with a fever.
Thermometers allow you to safely reopen and operate your restaurant. To reduce the spread of the coronavirus, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) granted employers the right to take employees' temperatures in their March 18th guidance. Subsequently, many business owners have been asking, "what temperature is considered a fever?" Per the CDC, temperatures reading 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit and above are considered fevers in adults.
Here is a complete list of what you need in a pandemic to ensure the personal protection of your employees and customers:
- Hand Sanitizer with an Alcohol Content of 60% or Greater
- Antiseptic Lotion
- Alcohol Wipes
- Infrared/Contactless Thermometers
2. Coronavirus PPE Supplies
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is a classifying term for garments that protect against bodily injuries and infections. Traditional restaurant emergency supplies include PPE that shield employees and customers from falling debris and unbreathable air; whereas coronavirus PPE supplies upkeep the health of your staff by barricading their bodies from microdroplets containing COVID-19. Coronavirus PPE supplies include:
- Face Masks
- Sterile Gloves
Face masks only remain effective when they are dry and haven't been continually adjusted by the wearer. You'll need a facemask supply that accommodates replacement whenever the mask becomes moist. At most restaurants, employees need to change their masks every four hours. However, you must honestly assess your work environment's humidity and how often your employees are called upon to speak when determining the number of masks your restaurant requires.
3. Restaurant Cleaning and Sanitizing Supplies
In order to effectively clean and sanitize your business and prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advises that you use products with the following active ingredients:
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Sodium Hypochlorite
- Quaternary Ammonium
- Sodium Chlorite
Unsure about a cleaning product’s effectiveness in combating the coronavirus? The EPA has an interactive cleaning product lookup tool showing which cleaning products are effective against COVID-19.
4. Social Distancing Supplies
Social distancing has become a buzzword, but what is social distancing really? The term social distancing is used to classify non-pharmaceutical intervention measures which prevent a contagious disease from spreading. Social distancing employs physical distance to reduce the number of times people come into close contact with each other.
Knowing how to follow social distance guidelines allows you to reconfigure your dining room layout and waiting areas to accommodate reopening protocols. Here are the supplies you will need to implement proper social distancing in your restaurant:
Touchpoint Social Distancing Supplies:
- Online Ordering Software
- Disposable Menus
- POS Systems
- A Large Board for Displaying Your Menu
- Touchless Card Readers
Customer Social Distancing Supplies:
- Social Distancing Signs
- Stanchion Posts and Ropes
- Floor Tape
- Social Distancing Floor Labels
- Caution Tape
- Sidewalk Chalk
Employee Social Distancing Supplies:
- Walkie Talkies or Clickers to Count Guests In and Out
- Serving Trays for Contactless Hand-Off
- Cashier Shields
5. Curbside Pickup Supplies
If your business isn’t able to safely resume seating customers, consider expanding your curbside pickup capabilities. Assess your most beloved menu items and develop an economically effective curbside/delivery menu. Offer dishes which travel well and can be enjoyed in your customers’ homes.
Here are all the supplies you’ll need as you establish a curbside pickup station that aligns with your restaurant’s unique brand and meets your locational needs.
- Traffic Cones
- Walkie Talkies or Headsets
- Folding Tables and Chairs
- Outdoor Coolers
- Holding Cabinets
- Outdoor Signs
- Window Clings
- High Visibility Vests
- Shelf Warmers
- Outdoor Fans
- Outdoor Misters
- Outdoor Heaters
- Beverage DIspensers
- Outdoor Lighting
- Extension Cords
- Meal Delivery Carts
6. Delivery Supplies
Before COVID-19, takeout was already a popular option amongst consumers. With the advent of the pandemic, the public has become wholly accustomed to ordering delivery. Establishments are likely to see an ongoing upsurge in consumer preference towards delivery services. If you haven’t already established a solid delivery system, now is the time to consider whether hiring a third party delivery service is right for your business.
Even if your restaurant is no stranger to delivery, training your employees and optimizing your service to properly execute contactless delivery is essential to operating your restaurant in a pandemic. Here are all the supplies you need to offer delivery services during COVID-19:
- Insulated Delivery Bags
- Takeout Containers
- Plastic Cutlery - Preferably Individually Wrapped
- Take-Out Bags
- Condiment Portion Packs
- Car Phone Mount
- Tamper-Evident Labels/Takeouts
- Pizza Boxes
- Umbrellas and Raincoats
- Phone Chargers
- Sanitizer Wipes for Inside the Delivery Car
- Outdoor Coolers
While the way you are supplying meals has shifted, your customers’ desire to avoid the hassle of cooking every meal themselves and experience your restaurant’s unique recipes hasn’t changed. Use our coronavirus restaurant supplies checklist to safely and effectively remain operable during a pandemic.