Life Under Lockdown

COVID, restaurants and bars – is it safe to go back to work?

Restaurants, bars and pubs currently remain behind the closed doors of COVID lockdown. When will it be safe to get back to work?

If all goes well, the government has hinted July might see some limited reopening of bars and restaurants in England.

If you are a pub, bar or restaurant owner, now is the time to get ready.

Fantastic Services has gathered together everything you need to know about getting back to work safely after lockdown ends:

Restaurants and bars – what is being done?

Currently, restaurants, bars and pubs of all kinds should be closed – with the exception of takeaway services which many food and beverage industry business owners have employed to great effect.

As a bar or restaurant owner, when your doors do open again, it’s certain that you will need to:

  • Meet social distancing standards
  • Meet the government’s hygiene standards

What does the government say?

Employers of businesses which are currently reopening are being told to make their premises “COVID-19 secure”. It’s a good bet that the same will be true for hospitality sector businesses when they reopen – despite the challenges this brings.

Being “COVID-19 secure” requires social distancing to be maintained at all times, as well as:

  1. Thorough cleaning before reopening
  2. Regular cleaning of work areas and equipment between uses
  3. Regular cleaning of objects and surfaces which are often touched

You can look through the current official guidance, which will likely be the base for that of the future, on

What do bar and restaurant owners and staff say?

Restaurants and bars have been suffering during COVID lockdown. Opening doors again – as soon as it is safe to do so – is high on most business owners’ minds.

For many hospitality staff, safety concerns about going back to work are set against the financial worry of living on 80% of their normal wage.

What do the experts say?

Despite the real commercial need of many hospitality businesses to reopen, sadly the experts are making clear that reopening in July is a best-case scenario.

Even the planned mid-June reopening of retail outlets is described by many experts – including the government’s SAGE group advisors – as not being backed by the science and potentially premature.

Bars and restaurants – preparing to get back to work

Being ready to open your doors as soon as possible is important.

But doing everything you need to do to convince your diners and punters that it’s safe to return to your establishment could be even more vital.

If this is on your mind, Fantastic Services has got your back. We’ve developed services specifically for business owners looking to make it safe to get back to work after lockdown:

Antiviral cleaning and sanitisation by Fantastic Services

The ideal way to prepare for reopening your food business would be to become familiar with all government guidelines and adapting your business to the new normal. While this may be difficult and require some efforts, it remains the only way we can help slow down the spread of the virus. And if you wish to ensure maximum safety for your reopening, now you can book our highly effective antiviral deep cleaning for your place of business. Here are the perks of our service:

  • Using BS EN 1276 certified non-toxic virucidal detergents.
  • Kills 99.999% of germs, thus minimising the risk of viral infection. Carried out by experienced technicians in full protective gear.
  • Using highly effective professional equipment for maximum efficiency.
  • Microscoping antiviral droplets disinfecting all surfaces in a room.

Book antiviral sanitisation for your restaurant or bar

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COVID-19 back to work preparation

Perfect for helping you meet social distancing rules.

  • Clear space for social distancing measures
  • Removal and storage of excess furniture
  • Professionals to install sneeze guard screens and other protections

Post lockdown pest control for your business

For when being closed for long periods has led to uninvited guests, take advantage of our highly effective pest control services that ensure complete eradication and lasting protection.

  • Pest inspection, treatment and post-service proofing.
  • Any type of pest handled professionally.
  • Advanced pest control measures means long-lasting results.

You can take a look at the complete COVID-19 government guidelines for food businesses here.

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