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COVID-19 Best Practices for Reopening Restaurants

This template collection is for retail food establishments returning to operation or increasing operation post COVID-19. It contains recommendations for food safety practices to decrease the spread of C19. This template collection has nine templates.


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Updated 1 month ago

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  • COVID-19 Best Practices for Reopening Restaurants_ Employee Health Screening

  • COVID-19 Best Practices for Reopening Restaurants_ Facility Operations

  • COVID-19 Best Practices for Reopening Restaurants_ Food Contact Non-food Contact Surfaces

  • COVID-19 Best Practices for Reopening Restaurants_ Food Temperature Control

  • COVID-19 Best Practices for Reopening Restaurants_ Handwashing Stations

  • COVID-19 Best Practices for Reopening Restaurants_ Product Inspection, Rotation

  • COVID-19 Best Practices for Reopening Restaurants_ Social Distancing

  • COVID-19 Best Practices for Reopening Restaurants_ Warewashing Equipment

  • COVID-19 Best Practices for Reopening Restaurants_ Water, Plumbing, Ice

Who is this Collection for?

This template collection is for retail food establishments returning to operation or increasing operation post COVID-19. It contains recommendations for food safety practices to decrease the spread of COVID-19.

Since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants and other food sellers have been challenged with the task of ensuring the safety of their consumers, or risk getting shut down. For those businesses who suffered losses from temporary closures while adapting to new safety regulations, it is particularly important to keep up with standards as this pandemic develops further. Restaurants face a dire challenge not only in protecting the health of the public, but their own brand reputations as well. As consumers grow more cautious about where to eat and shop, it is the job of restaurant employees to protect their brand while continuing to deliver signature services. This collection of templates serve as a general guide for restaurants to safely navigate through a pandemic.

Why is this Collection important?

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted the globe. The entire human race has suffered a loss, not necessarily just a loss of material, but a loss of a lifestyle. In consequence, many businesses, teams, and stakeholders have been hit hard. Food retailers and restaurants are no exception, and have been in fact especially affected by the pandemic. It is important that we come together to create and improve upon plans for these spaces to thrive once again.

How should I use this collection?

This collection should be utilized as a foundational/base guideline for the purpose it covers. In this case for: cleaning and disinfecting practices to implement before business hours and throughout the day as needed to protect employees and customers from COVID-19.

Again, it’s important to note that the templates here should not be your single source for truth. The pandemic is an ever changing landscape. Please consult your team, your state health departments, and other reliable sources to keep up to date with standards and procedures.

How do I upload this into my UpKeep account?

These templates you’ll be able to download below will function as a “Checklists” on UpKeep. Checklists allow you to quickly reuse specific Task Items in work orders. Most commonly, these are used for inspections where you have a list of subtasks or checklist items that you’d like to include as part of a work order.

*It’s important to note that you would need to be an “Admin” user on UpKeep to be able to perform this upload.

With the templates provided here, it’s a simple one, two, step!

  1. Download one of the (.csv formatted) templates above.
  2. Upload the template onto UpKeep


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Can I use this collection even if I don’t have UpKeep?

The short answer is “yes”! We are aiming to provide as much value as possible, especially during this pandemic. You can find the PDF versions of these templates here.

Feel free to print them out and utilize them!

What if I don’t need one of the templates in the collection?

The templates in this collection are separated and categorized. Go ahead and take a look at each of the template titles individually and decide which ones are needed by your team and which ones are not!

What if I want to change or delete a task item from a template?

Once you finish uploading a template into your account, you can easily change the task item name, type, or even delete a line item all together.

It is important to note that you must make these adjustments BEFORE assigning the checklist to work orders — because you won’t be able to edit them after assigning. We have this safeguard in place for the UpKeep system to ensure that no one accidentally changes a template/checklist that is essential to a work order that already exists for your team.

To reiterate however, you cannot edit a checklist that has been previously used via the main checklist, since the system will protect the historical integrity of the work orders associated w/ that checklist

Optionally, you can make tiny edits of which task you do or do not want included when adding to a Work Order itself (this doesn’t edit the actual checklist, but is an option to allow our customers to make crucial, specific adjustments when needed).

Index of Terminology & Definitions in this Collection:

Brand Reputation: How consumers view a brand’s products and services. Maintaining a positive brand reputation gives opportunities to businesses like having a loyal or regular customer base. Brands who are highly rated by consumers are more likely to retain business, whereas brands with less popularity or negative reputations stand to lose customers. How brands are perceived during a crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, is a major deciding factor in the long-term survival of a business.

Cleaning: Removal of dirt and debris, grease, and other pollutants, not to be confused with
sanitization. The CDC recommends routine cleaning of high-volume spaces where surfaces are frequently touched.

Consumer: a person who purchases goods and services

Disinfection/Sanitization: The use of chemicals during surface cleaning to kill germs. Cleaners
that can be used for general disinfection are: bleach solutions, solutions containing 70% alcohol or more, hydrogen peroxide, and chlorine.

Feedback: information received by individuals and businesses about their product or service, which is used as a basis for improvement. Feedback can be positive or negative. For restaurants, this could be an opinion about a new menu item or the quality of service that a consumer experienced. Listening to the public’s opinion and responding accordingly is crucial to businesses who are in competition both with other service providers and outside forces like the COVID-19 outbreak.

Pre-screening: COVID-19 pre-screening is typically a series of questions regarding symptoms
followed by a temperature check, performed prior to entering a building. A pre-screening process might be implemented by employers to proactively isolate and identify employees with COVID-19 symptoms. If an employee appears to have symptoms in line with COVID-19, they should be immediately separated from others and sent home. Some employers might require that symptomatic employees test negative for COVID-19 before returning to work. This protects both the infected party and anyone they may come into contact with while at work.

Service: In the commercial sense, this means supplying a good or action to a consumer. In this case, restaurant service is the preparation and sale of food items.

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