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Restaurant Industry Recovery

Restaurant Industry Recovery

 

 

Restaurant Industry Recovery

 

Every industry in some way or the other took a massive hit this year. One of the hardest hit industries, the Restaurant Industry, has made strong and swift efforts to recover despite the many rules and regulations placed on them. Gliding past the obvious distress placed on finances and general morale, I would like to instead focus in on the day-to-day changes that have been implemented as a direct result of the pandemic. Below I will discuss how Oklahoma City Restaurants and Bars are combatting the toll of the pandemic in an action plan entitled: “Restaurant Industry Recovery.”

 

Every city has its own mandates and protocols for handling the coronavirus, for the purpose of this article we are speaking specifically of Oklahoma City. Here in OKC we are under the guidelines of the latest Emergency Executive Order which states:

 

•Maximum 50% capacity for all public gatherings, weddings, funerals and event centers, unless the venue has an agreed plan of action with their local jurisdiction or State Health Department.

•Bars and Restaurants must continue to set tables and booths a minimum of 6' apart or use barriers that can be cleaned and sanitized.  

•Bars and Restaurants must close at 11:00 pm for on-premises service of food and beverages.  Take out, delivery, and curb-side meals are still allowed after 11:00 pm.  

•Masks must be worn by state employees in state buildings. 

 

All things considered, OKC is not the hardest mandate to work with however times are still hard for the restaurant owners who were barely making ends meet even before the pandemic. So what now? What can we do? 

 

The road to recovery…

 

The Oklahoma Restaurant Association has come up with 6 promises to help restaurants survive and thrive during these difficult times. In partnership with the Oklahoma Restaurant Association and State health officials, restaurant owners and operators make the commitments below to instill confidence and ensure the safety of customers during the COVID-19 recovery period. 

 

  1. Our establishment will continue to be a leader in safe sanitation practices, and regularly train our managers and team members in industry approved food safety practices.
  2. Hand sanitizer will be available for customers and our employees who will also continue to follow protocols for hand washing.
  3. We will clean and sanitize all common areas including tables and chairs after every use
  4. We will comply with appropriate social distancing guidelines where indoor and outdoor waiting and seating is concerned.
  5. Place settings, utensils, menus, and condiments will either be disposable or cleaned and sanitized after every use
  6. We may post The Oklahoma Restaurant Promise at our entrances so everyone understands the steps we should all take to collectively keep our communities safe

 

There have been some fun inventions and ideas that have come out of the new regulations that will most likely stay in place after the pandemic as well. We all know about curb-side ordering these days, which dramatically reduces chances of exposure however it does not solve the issue of missing out of the dining experience. Some restaurants have sprung for individual tents, domes and yurts for guests to sit in while eating, secluding your table from others in the restaurant allowing you to have the “going out” feeling while staying safe (though this is only effective if everyone you are dining with is not sick themselves.) Even more, I have also seen plexiglass lampshades that go over the individual as he or she dines at the table. This 'lamp shade' method would be good for first dates or job interviews where you really do not know if the person you are sitting with is carrying the virus. 

 

 

Rebuilding confidence in an establishment’s health and safety is key. Disinfecting is critical, here at Aspen Service Group we are dedicated to providing hospital-grade disinfecting services at competitive prices - if you see the last blog post I explained how we use ESS machines for infection control. Setting up a scheduled spray or at least having a professional cleaning company on standby in case you ever need an emergency spray service is very important in rebuilding trust and confidence with both customers and employees. If you should ever need Aspen to come and chat about how we may be able to partner with your bar or restaurant for a proper disinfection package, then please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 405.525.0602

 

 

What is the ESS machine & How do I use it?

 

What is the ESS machine &

How do I use it?

 

You may have heard it called “spraying” or perhaps even “fogging,” but the correct term ESS machine stands for ElectroStatic Sprayer machine, and it is 2020’s shining star for good cleaning standards. We have had clients from a variety of businesses calling us left and right to schedule spraying services for Offices, Churches, Casinos, Restaurants, Event Spaces, Funeral Homes, etc. However, I have a sneaking suspicion that most of our accounts do not know exactly how this machine works to sanitize their facility. It is a really impressive piece of equipment and I will do my best to describe the inner workings of the ESS machine.

 

Let us define Electrostatic as that “relating to stationary electric charges or fields as opposed to electric currents.” Confused? Don’t worry, I was too. In a nutshell, there are particles in the air that are constantly in motion and they are made of microscopic things called “atoms” which are made up of even smaller subatomic particles called “electrons (negatively charged electricity) - protons (positively charged electricity) - and neutrons (neutrally charged electricity).” When you have an electrostatic field or force occurring that simply means that the air is filled with a drastically higher (or lower) ratio of electrons than protons or neutrons. Believe it or not you have experienced this force before! Ever pulled clothes out of the dryer and they stick together? Ever rubbed a ballon to your hair and it makes your hair frizzy? Ever touched a metal door knob and feel a small shock? How about when you get a package with foam packing peanuts and they all seem to stick together? These are all examples of electrostatic force. Now that we have a grip on what an electrostatic force is, I will explain how the use of this force can help sanitize your facility from pathogens including, but not limited to, the novel Coronavirus.

 

“Electrostatic spray surface cleaning is the process of spraying an electrostatic charged mist onto surfaces and objects. Electrostatic spray uses a specialized solution that is combined with air and atomized by an electrode inside the sprayer. Subsequently, the spray contains positively charged particles that are able to aggressively adhere to surfaces and objects. Because the particles in the spray are positively charged, they cling to and coat any surface they’re aimed at.”

- Commercial Clean Corp.

 

When sprayed properly, the disinfectant chemical delivered in an electrostatic force is wrapped perfectly around surfaces and clings to any germ, pathogen, or dust particle like cling wrap to a plate. Toxins are immediately suffocated with the disinfectant and “killed,” in about 15 mins the area can be wiped entirely leaving behind a sterile surface. I mention that the ESS machine needs to be sprayed properly because there are a few things to make sure NOT to do:

 

  • When spraying the disinfectant chemical you want to make sure you are not too close to any surfaces, it needs to be more like a light mist or dusting of vapors over the surface instead of a straight spray.

  • You also want to make sure you are not getting too much product on any surface that is electronic, for the mist is moisture and and we all know electronics and moisture do not mix.

  • You need to be diligent in wearing the correct protective breathing mask when spraying the disinfectant chemical because it is actually harmful if consumed before it dries completely.

 

When done correctly, the ESS spraying service is honestly a brilliant and quick way of ensuring true sanitizing for your facility, combing physics and cleaning! In my professional opinion it is worth it to make a few calls around to your local vendors to see if they offer any kind of Covid19 spraying service for extra protection throughout this pandemic. You really can never be too safe when dealing with your office and employees. If you ever need a professional opinion you can trust then give us a call at Aspen, we provide uniquely excellent services in over 17 states and we are always here to serve you!

 

 

 

 


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