The 38% of pubs and restaurants with outdoor seating have been able to reopen, followed by those with indoor seating from the 17th of May, assuming that the government’s COVID-19 goals are met. Effective pub cleaning and restaurant cleaning will be vital if these establishments are to reopen and remain so entirely.
It is essential to set and maintain high hygienic standards to reduce the risk of Coronavirus transference. Pub cleaning and restaurant cleaning should focus on disinfecting all frequently touched surfaces, including chairs, tables, card machines, cash registers, and countertops.
Professional cleaning can play a crucial role in preventing infections, responding to positive staff or customer cases, and in helping win the trust of customers by demonstrating that effective coronavirus decontamination is occurring.
Here we take a look at what restaurant cleaning and pub cleaning is recommended to prevent COVID-19.
Commercial Kitchen Cleaning
Restaurants and pubs should continue to follow existing food hygiene guidance and HACCP processes. Staff should wear masks and gloves at all times, and business owners and managers should look to minimise access to kitchens, fridges, freezers, and walk-in pantries.
The current pub cleaning and restaurant cleaning advice include avoiding hand-washing of cutlery, plates, and glassware. Cleaning should take place using disinfection products that meet BS EN 1276 and BS EN 13697 standards and meet EPA disinfection criteria.
Ratcliffe Cleaning provides bespoke commercial kitchen cleaning services that will decontaminate:
- Kitchen equipment including grills, cookers, fryers, freezers, and refrigerators
- Sinks and toilets
- Hard and soft floors
- Wash stations
- Walls and windows
- Extraction fans
Customer Area Cleaning
Customer areas will require regular cleaning. Your cleaning plan should be developed by identifying and then disinfecting all human-touched surfaces. Frequently touched surfaces might include the back of chairs where customers touch them to pull them out from the tables, door handles, stair bannisters, toilet seats, and fruit/arcade machines.
The current guidelines from the UK government and the CDC to reduce the risk of Coronavirus infections includes:
- Maintaining the minimum safe distance between staff and customers and between different groups of customers
- Providing sauces and condiments in individually-wrapped sachets, only on request, as opposed to being kept on the tables themselves
- Cutlery, menus (which should be disposable, digital, or cleaned between use), and napkins should be given to the diner and not laid out on tables ahead of customers arriving
- Staff delivering drinks by holding the stem or bottom of the glass only
- Staff collecting empty glasses from the tables and advising customers not to return them to the bar themselves
In case of a confirmed staff or customer Coronavirus case, you should close off all areas visited by the individual. Disinfecting or disinfection fogging should then take place by an experienced cleaning contractor.
To discuss your regular requirements for pub cleaning and restaurant cleaning and for disinfection as a response to a COVID-19 infection, please speak to our team on 0800 086 9215.