Major restaurant chains in China have temporarily closed down outlets as Coronavirus spread. What should HK Restaurants do amid Coronavirus Outbreak?
Coronavirus outbreak has become global headlines. As the virus spread, major restaurant chains in China have temporarily shut down their outlets. For example, Starbucks and McDonalds have closed more than half of shops in China. What should HK restaurants do amid Coronavirus outbreak?
Neighbouring to China, HK people are getting more worried as Coronavirus spread. In order not to be infected, most of us have started to eating out less.
In fact, HK restaurant sales has dropped drastically in CNY holidays.
CNY should be the peak season for F&B industry in Hong Kong. However, Coronavirus has prompted public panic. Consequently, normal dining behaviour has been disrupted. It has also hit Hong Kong further after protests.
What should HK Restaurants do as Coronavirus spread?
As Coronavirus spread, we are trying best to stay away from the infection. All restaurant operators should also take extra measures to ensure restaurant hygiene.
(1) Ensure restaurant hygiene
Undoubtedly, hygiene in restaurants is not only essential to the health of staff and customers, but also plays an important role in curbing virus spread.
In such case, restaurants should take emergency measures to ensure restaurant hygiene. Apart from regular cleaning, more frequent disinfection is required for the door handle, furnitures and utensils.
(2) Ensure hygiene of restaurant staff
In fact, restaurant workers are more prone to spread the virus or being infected.
During CNY, many HK people have travelled to China for holidays. For restaurant staff who have recently come back from China, should they be quarantined at home for 14 days before back to work?
Understandably, it’s hard for all restaurants to put it into practice. Since it’s not easy to hire backup staff. Extra costs will also incur. But still, restaurant should keep close track of their staff’s health condition.
(3) Ensure hygiene of customers
Haidilao Hot Pot (海底撈火鍋) is the first restaurant in HK to check customer’s body temperature. Starting from late January, the restaurant will not entertain any customers with body temperature over 37 degree celsius.
(4) Expand food delivery service
Apparently, Coronavirus fear affects revenue of restaurants. When people would prefer to eat at home instead of dining out, is food delivery service a way out to boost sales for restaurants?
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