The Ministry of Health on Monday issued new instructions for cafes, restaurants and bars in an attempt to tackle the spread of COVID-19.
The Ministry calls on all food business executives to provide written guidance to their staff on the possible symptoms of the disease and to ask those who show symptoms to stay at home and seek medical advice. It also says that the staff should have their temperature checked, pointing out that this is an obligatory measure. Checking the public`s temperature is optional, the Ministry says.
According to the Ministry, all cafes, restaurants and bars should place announcements on entrance informing customers of simple protection measures, ie social distancing, good hand washing and disinfection. These companies should also place announcements on how many people are allowed at each given moment, ie one person per 2 square meters, excluding employees for outside areas and one person per 3 square meters for inside.
The maximum number of people per table is 10. The employees serving the public should limit conversation with customers as much as possible, while the use of masks and gloves by all staff is mandatory. It also recommends that the companies can have a single-use price menu or menus visibly posted or even provide them electronically. The menu should be disinfected after every use and companies must have single use tablecloths. They should also promote the contactless transactions and limit the use of cash.
All toilets should be equipped with liquid soap, disposable hand towels and antiseptic alcohol solution. All floor surfaces, counters, cash registers, toilets must be kept clean and disinfected regularly during the day.