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Have to Close Your Restaurant due to Coronavirus? Here are Tips to Make Opening Back Up Easier.

If your restaurant needs to shut down during the Coronavirus pandemic, use these tips from pros who have had to do this before during natural disasters to make your life easier when it’s time to open back up.

Amid Coronavirus concerns, some restaurants are being instructed to (or making the decision to) shut down for a period of time. There are some things you can do as you’re closing up that will make opening much easier when you’re ready to do so. 

We’ve gathered these tips from restaurants that have had to close during natural disasters and other unexpected events over the years. Trust us when we say that others have learned the hard way the importance of some of these things...

Tips for Closing a Restaurant to Make Opening Back Up a Breeze:

  • Empty your walk-in of anything perishable. Give it to your staff to take home as they hunker down during the pandemic. 
  • Clean and sanitize the walk-in and everything else in your kitchen, especially your three compartment sinks, handwashing sinks, stoves, ovens, grills, hoods, and countertops. 
  • Empty every single trash container (trust us, this will get ugly if you don’t!)
  • Wash every dish, pot, and pan (these will attract rodents if you don’t clean them!)
  • Run the dishwasher with anything left in it
  • Leave the bathroom spotlessly clean
  • Consider freezing a new, clean garbage pail filled with water and place it in your freezer. That will keep a closed freezer cold for an extra 24 hours. There’s no reason to expect power failures, but you’re not there to know about an equipment failure.

We know that you leave your restaurants in top top shape every night, but before a longer closure you should take it to the next level. You’ll be happy you did when you can walk in, stock up, and fire up the grill -- and the time it takes to do this thorough a cleaning will give your staff a few extra hours of work before your closure. 

Be safe. As always, reach out to Zedic with any questions, and chat us if you have any other ideas we can share, too!

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