Care, compassion, cleaning and sanitizing: restaurants talk reopening
AWB’s weekly COVID-19 webinar series focused on restaurants and the hospitality industry this week — specifically on the specifics of how to reopen safely for employees and customers.
Chris Knudson, owner/director of operations at Olympia Casa Mia, Lacey Casa Mia and Well 80 Brewhouse, took attendees on a quick virtual tour of his Olympia restaurant, showing how he has rearranged the eatery to accommodate social distancing. One wall that once had seven tables now has three, he said. Every other booth is closed, along with the bar.
The state’s “Safe Start” reopening allows restaurants and bars to reopen at up to 50% capacity, but he said that to keep at least 6 feet of distance, he’ll be operating at 25% capacity.
“This is a strange time,” he said. “No one really understands it. The one thing we can do is be kind to one another and have compassion. And we’ll clean, sanitize and clean again. We’ve been doing that a lot.”
The event also featured:
- Lacy Fehrenbach, MPH, CPH, Assistant Secretary, Prevention and Community Health, Agency Administrator, COVID-19 Response
- Pam Cant, Consultant Program Operations Manager, WA State Dept. of Labor & Industries
- Susan Eberle Stahlfeld, Partner, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
Watch a full video of the event here: