Guidelines, templates, and other resources to help restaurants, cafes, and pubs in B.C. develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan and re-open safely during Phase 2 of the BC Restart Plan.
On May 19th, BC’s Provincial Health Officer lifted the temporary order on in-person dining and drinks service, providing businesses can follow guidelines on social distancing and reduced capacity.
WorkSafeBC Guidelines for Re-opening
WorkSafeBC published Restaurants, cafés, and pubs: Protocols for returning to operation to help food and drink businesses develop a Safety Plan and re-open safely. The guidelines cover various levels of protection you may need to develop measures for. Key protocols include:
- Places where meals and drinks, including drinks containing liquor, are prepared and served must not exceed 50 percent of their usual capacity of patrons at one time
- Tables should be restricted to parties of up to six people
- There should be 2m between patrons sitting at different tables, and between people from different parties sitting at a bar or counter
Related WorkSafeBC guidelines if your workplace includes other environments:
Please Note: In addition to these guidelines for workers, to help protect your customers you should also refer to guidance from the Provincial Health Officer, the appropriate health authority, and industry associations such as the British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association.
British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association
With guidance from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, the British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association gathered several industry experts to build a set of best practices for the re-opening of in-restaurant dining.
The document focuses on several key areas restaurants will need to familiarize themselves with before planning to reopen. These include:
- Staff Health and Safety
- Heightened Cleaning and Sanitation
- Physical Distancing Measures
- Guest Education
- Next Steps
- Proposed Start-up Checklist
As the foodservice industry moves to the recovery and reopening phase, Restaurants Canada has put together this comprehensive resource list to help businesses make their plan. Resources include: