Re-opening in a Safe and Timely Manner

Re-opening in a Safe and Timely Manner

We’re here to help our valued commercial clients navigate the first phase of reopening businesses in Miami-Dade County, issued on May 18th.

Re-opening your business can happen in a safe, healthy, and organized manner. Stay tuned to our upcoming emails, to learn industry specific information on what you will need as we move to a New Normal.

If you’re a restaurant owner (or interested in how restaurants may operate in the future) make sure to follow these protocols to ensure a responsible opening that prioritizes the health, safety, and well-being of both patrons and staff.

Including:

  • Employee Protection Measures
  • Customer protection measures
  • Business process adaptation
  • Employer-lead public health
How Do I Prepare My Restaurant To Reopen?
Before re-opening, make sure your plumbing, HVAC systems & filters are working to the best of their capacity. Restrooms, air quality and ventilation are key parts of making sure your customers are dining in a safe and sanitary environment.  Create and implement plans to address parking and install self-dispensing hand sanitizer at the entrance of the restaurants. Install trash bins that open without the need to touch the lids in all parts of the restaurant.

Make sure to install health & safety signage/visual aids for employees and customers to promote hand hygiene and physical distancing and request them not to enter the restaurant if they are unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms.

Finally, make sure to create visible floor markings for appropriate 6-foot distancing for each party in any waiting areas, whether exterior or interior.

How Do I Keep My Employees Safe?
Keeping your employees safe and healthy will determine the success of your restaurant and prevent closures from new COVID-19 outbreaks. Be sure to screen your employees for their temperature, implement a full-body sanitization for all employees prior to starting their shift and encourage them to stay at home if they are not feeling well.

Create a logbook for each shift to monitor and supervise food, equipment, procedures, and cleaning checklists. Limit the number of staff in a food preparation area at any one time.  Organize staff into working groups or teams to facilitate reduced interaction between groups.  Stagger workstations on either side of processing lines, so that food workers are not facing one another. Provide face masks, hair nets, disposable gloves to all your employees. Clean and sanitize surfaces in all parts of the restaurant as often as you can. It is recommended that front-of-house staff not enter back-of-house areas when possible.

Hand cleaning between tables is needed each time servers or staff come into physical contact with guests at the tables or with their food, drinks, dishware, silverware, napkins, or other serving equipment.

There are many things to keep in mind when re-opening your business. We’re here to make sure you’re covered and take the right steps to re-open. Schedule an appointment by emailing Manuel at mg@allnationinsurance.com or by calling us at 1-305-220-0900

Thank you,
All Nation Insurance

Reading Material:

How to open a retail store during COVID-19

How to open a retail store during COVID-19

We’re here to help our valued commercial clients navigate the first phase of reopening businesses in Miami-Dade County. Re-opening your business can happen in a safe, healthy, and organized manner.

If you’re a retail store owner, make sure to follow these protocols to ensure a responsible opening that prioritizes the health, safety, and well-being of both patrons and staff.

How Do I Prepare My Retail Store To Reopen?
Before re-opening, schedule a maintenance appointment to check these key parts of your business to ensure your customers are shopping in a safe and sanitary environment.

  • Plumbing
  • HVAC systems & filters to ensure they are working to the best of their capacity.
  • Restrooms
  • Air quality and ventilation

Plan to implement these steps to keep your store running smoothing while adhering to COVID-19 safety precautions.

  • Stock ample supplies of soap, hand sanitizer, cleaning materials, and protective equipment
  • Create plans for parking and install self-dispensing hand sanitizer at the entrance of your retails shop.
  • Set up self-checkout or contactless payment system
  • Eliminate the use of common water fountains and interactive displays
  • Post CDC signage in publicly trafficked locations
  • Create visible floor markings for appropriate 6-foot distancing

Additional Retail Specific Safety To Keep In Mind

Limit the number of staff and customers to a maximum of 50 percent of mall/store occupancy. Consider placing signs that encourage people to offer preferential treatment elderly, persons with disabilities, pregnant women, and families with small children

If your retail store handles merchandise, particularly clothing, make sure to sanitize clothes between uses or place it on hold for 24 hours before being returned to shelves. Cart and basket handles must be sanitized between uses. Navigating these rules might be particularly hard for vulnerable groups, consider setting specific shopping hours for the elderly, persons with disabilities, and pregnant women.

There are many things to keep in mind when re-opening your business. We’re here to make sure you’re covered and take the right steps to re-open. Schedule an appointment by emailing Manuel at mg@allnationinsurance.com or by calling us at 1-305-220-0900

Thank you,
All Nation Insurance

Reading Material:
Miami-Dade Initial Reopening Plan
COVID-19 Reopening: Industry Specific Requirements