The most obvious advantage of encouraging social distance in restaurants is that it keeps customers and employees safe. Social distance, when used in conjunction with other preventative measures such as frequent hand washing and wearing masks, can assist to minimize the risk of the coronavirus spreading within a restaurant.

Taking steps to keep workers and diners separate indicates that you are concerned about the health problem and that safety is a key priority. This can be a crucial component of establishing confidence with consumers who are still hesitant to go out after a spate of restaurant closures.

Fortunately, there are some easy and effective ways to help your restaurant maintain social distancing.

Directional Arrows

The continual flow of people arriving and departing is one of the most difficult aspects of establishing social distance in a restaurant. Customers and employees are destined to collide during service, even if your restaurant is running at a lower capacity.

The easiest approach to avoid visitors and employees from unintentionally colliding is to use directional arrows to direct traffic flow. To keep everyone travelling in the same direction, use one-way directional arrows throughout your restaurant. If your restaurant has separate entrance and exit doors, this may be very useful for sending people in and out.

Spaced Out Tables

It’s not unusual for restaurateurs to squeeze as many tables as possible into a single area in order to maximize income. However, in the age of COVID-19, such a cramped restaurant layout makes social distance nearly impossible.

If your restaurant has the space, tables should be set six feet apart to allow diners to maintain appropriate spacing while seated. In certain situations, this may entail eliminating some tables from your restaurant or substituting individual tables with large communal tables. If you can’t relocate the tables, you may use placards or something more imaginative to block off specific tables.

Physical Dividers

Whatever adjustments you make to your restaurant’s floor design, there will almost certainly be certain locations where keeping a six-foot barrier between employees and customers is difficult. For example, promoting social distance at the cash register, where consumers must engage with workers to pay their payment, might be difficult.

Physical barriers, such as sneeze guards and Plexiglas walls, are advised in these situations. Physical barriers can guard against the transfer of respiratory droplets from one person to another, even in settings where diners and employees are near to one another.

QR Code Menus

Even basic aspects of the dine-in experience can make social distance more difficult, though it may not appear so at first. Print menus, for example, must be handed from clients to servers (and back), making it difficult for personnel to keep their distance.

QR code menus are a type of self-service technology that allows guests to scan a QR code to view your restaurant’s menu on their phone. Guests only need to open their phone’s camera app and hover it over the code. The guest will then be sent to your online menu via a link at the top of the page.

Contactless Payments

Hands-on payments are no longer necessary with contactless payments. Customers may complete a transaction by just hovering their card or smartphone over a payment terminal – no PIN is required. Contactless payments minimize the need for close interaction between employees and consumers; however workers will still be required to supervise the payment process.

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