MUMBAI: No entry to customers whose body temperature exceeds 100.4 degree F and those who display Covid symptoms. Only disinfected bottled water must be served on the table. Customers’ details must be shared with the municipal corporation and health authorities for contact-tracing, if needed. These are some of the points in a nine-page standard operating procedure (SOP) released by the state government for restaurants that are to reopen in the first week of October.
“We have received the SOP and most restaurant owners will agree with the proposal. Our priority is that restaurants open as early as possible. If there are shortcomings in the SOP, we will once again take up the issue with the chief minister,” a restaurateur told TOI.
Restaurateurs say as per their discussions with the CM, they expect the government to allow them to operate at 50% capacity, though the SOP is silent on this subject. “In fact, the CM had even agreed for 60% capacity if a restaurant is really big,” he said.
The SOP states the restaurant layout will have to be modified keeping a minimum distance of one metre between tables. All customers must be screened at entry for Covid symptoms. They must be allowed entry only if using face masks. Hand sanitizers must be placed in all public areas. Digital payment must be encouraged.
If practicable, they could set up separate entry and exit points, put up green and red lights outside washrooms to indicate if they are occupied. Disposal menus must be used to reduce chances of transference of the virus and contactless menu via QR code is recommended. Buffet service is to be avoided, and if allowed, social distancing must be stringently followed.
The state has also prescribed an SOP for garbage disposal, staff areas, their transportation, uniforms and dining.

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