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To Your Post-Covid Resource Center

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To Your Post-Covid Resource Center

Since the hospitality industry has drastically changed in the past few months and continues to change, we created this full resource center for you where you can find updated information on how to adjust your operations to this new “normal.”

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How To Adjust?

Create Your Post-COVID Strategy

We created 49 tips to help you put together your own post-COVID strategy. Check them out here.

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What to Change?

What Changes do I Need to Make?

See Menu, Hours of Operation, Online Ordering, Growler Programs, and other recommendations below.

Ready To Adapt

How to Train Staff?

How to Take Care of Your Staff?

Stricter regulations and new customers' expectations require adjustments to your staff training.

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Helpful Checklists

Getting Ready to Reopen?

Get your reopening checklist to get you up and running in no time.

Waking Up Your Draft System?

Get a checklist to quickly bring your draft system back to life!

Training Your Staff?

Get your new training checklist to make things easier for both you and your staff.

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Whether you’re utilizing the power of self-pour beverage technology or a traditional dispense system, below are six categories that will help you adjust to these difficult times. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, so take it step by step and, ideally, with a nice, refreshing self-pour beverage in your hands. Stay safe and don’t try to change something you don’t have the power over. Now, let’s get ready to come out of this “new normal” as successful businesses that were able to adapt! Cheers.

Where Do You Want To Start?

Creating Your Post-COVID Strategy

There are many things that will need to change in the post-COVID world, and as every establishment is unique, no one strategy will fit all. This is why we came up with a detailed breakdown of adjustments to take into consideration. Our list of 52 tips to create the best post-COVID strategy will be tailored specifically to both your establishment and market. Below are just some of the main ideas to consider and make part of your new operations. For our full list of tips, visit 52 Tips When Reopening in the Post-Pandemic World

PourMyBeer 52 Tips for Reopening in the Post-COVID World

PourMyBeer Tip: We also highly recommend that you connect with your friends and acquaintances in the hospitality industry to see what has worked well for them and what hasn’t gone so well. This will help you tailor your post-COVID strategy for your establishment even further. 

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Reopening Checklist

Once you have your game plan and proper strategy in place, it’s time to reopen! It’s important to remember that getting your bar, restaurant, or taproom up and running can be quite a challenging and time-consuming task, even after a common break such as reconstruction of your space.

With the hospitality industry currently turned upside down and several new safety standards and expectations in place, it’s going to be even more difficult. That’s why we created this easy-to-follow checklist so your business can start operating again, while also making sure that nothing is forgotten.

And, if you had to completely close down your place, you’ll want to start with the Reopening Checklist which we’ve broken-down into three categories.

This Reopening Checklist Consists of 3 Categories:

  1. Sanitization
  2. Equipment
  3. Technology

After downloading your checklist, simply print it out or open it in an editable version, grab a pen, and start crossing things off of your to-do list. This should be easy!

Download our simple-to-follow reopening Checklist And Get ahead of the game!

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Operational Changes To Implement

From higher expectations of safety and updated cleaning procedures to keeping your sales in-house by adding delivery and takeout, there are several operational changes you can focus on. 

MENU CHANGES

Now that most of your food sales are likely to be coming from delivery and takeout, these dishes might need to be simplified. You may need to select dishes from your menu that can be delivered and arrive at the customer’s door in “good shape.” Simply put, try to focus on dishes that are easy to deliver (meaning, less liquid dishes or multi-part dishes that are difficult for delivery workers to carry).

Online Menu

Set-up QR code ordering. This way your guests can scan the code once seated at the table, making it unnecessary to touch menus that can potentially pose a threat for the virus’ spread. A great company implementing online menus is Bbot, allowing guests to order right from the table.

Hours of operations 

Hours of operations 

With various restrictions in place, it might make sense to extend your hours if there is a market in your neighborhood that is willing to come in earlier or later. Just like you did with your initial research when starting your business, we recommend you do a bit of experimentation and see what works the best for you in this new “normal.”

Upgrade/Tweak your Brand

Perhaps it’s time you work on the changes you’ve been wanting to get done for a while, but didn’t originally have the time for. Whether that is switching to a new POS provider, moving furniture, remodeling, adding a self-pour beverage wall, changing the theme, etc., now might be the time to embrace this downtime! 

For more inspiration visit Branding On-Site.

Implement Self-pour Technology to Minimize touchpoints

Here are 6 simple reasons why self-pour technology presents a great solution during the pandemic:

6 reasons why PourMyBeer is the solution in the Post-Covid world infographic
6 reasons why PourMyBeer is the solution in the Post-Covid world infographic

From minimizing touchpoints and increasing efficiency to serving more customers than a traditional bar, self-pour is a great way to adjust to this new “normal.” Self-pour also reduces crowds and allows for the optimization of space (as no bulky bar is needed). Finally, self-pour allows you to maximize the flow of your customers since several patrons can serve themselves at the same time while still respecting each other’s six feet of distance. 

Self-pour Helps to Maintain Social Distancing & Reduce Touchpoints

As traditional bars tend to get overcrowded, customers typically have between 6 to 8 touchpoints during their experience. Whereas with self-pour, this is reduced to between 1 and 2 touchpoints as the customers are the only people touching their drinks and glasses. Learn more in our latest case study!

"Thanks to combining gloves and our self-pour beverage wall, our customers are now feeling safer than they would at a traditional bar."

Auggie's Draft Room St. Augustine, FL

Address Higher Expectancy for Cleanliness

The safety for both the customers and employees should be the number one priority for every establishment. Guests’ expectations have drastically changed and you’ll want to ensure that you’re making them feel at ease and welcome. The most important steps you’re going to need to take are:

  • Create signage that encourages guests to stay six-feet apart.
  • Put up lists of your rules/regulations.
  • Communicate with customers on social media (or via your newsletter) about the measures and precautions you’re taking to maintain their safety.
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  • Create signage that encourages guests to stay six-feet apart.
  • Put up lists of your rules/regulations.
  • Communicate with customers on social media (or via your newsletter) about the measures and precautions you’re taking to maintain their safety.

As for your staff’s safety and the preventative measures they should take, we have created a separate section on this page here

Expand/Implement Outside Seating

If you have the opportunity to expand your outdoor seating, now would be the right time. Recently, customer’s desires have shifted and many guests will only dine at an establishment if they have outdoor seating. This isn’t just because we are in the middle of the summer, but rather, during the pandemic customers feel safer sitting outside. 

Adjust Table preparation

With a heavy heart, we advise you to take a break from your “green” movement and recommend shifting back to practical plastic as it oftentimes keep things much safer than reusing the same glassware. It also makes things a bit easier on the operational side of things (less cleaning equals less opportunity for the transfer of germs from the glasses to your staff’s hands). 

Expanded Outdoor Seating the promote everyday protective measures at restaurants

We love the idea of Cherry Cricket Market in downtown Denver. They replaced some of their parking spots in front of their entrance with an expanded seating area. 

With a heavy heart, we advise you to take a break from your “green” movement and recommend shifting back to practical plastic as it oftentimes keep things much safer than reusing the same glassware. It also makes things a bit easier on the operational side of things (less cleaning equals less opportunity for the transfer of germs from the glasses to your staff’s hands). 

Enforce Social Distancing Rules

You will want to have simple signage around your establishment that indicates what your rules are, where customers should stand, etc., to ensure that everyone stays safe. 

Upsell

COVID floor signage

There is a lot of opportunity to get creative and make some extra money by spreading your brand throughout your establishment. From signage asking customers “Did you forget your crowler?” to “Don’t forget to grab a sixpack to go!”, you will remind your customers of new specials and promotions that they may otherwise forget about. 

PourMyBeer Tip: We recommend starting with just a few options for beverages to go (if appropriate – i.e. you’re a taproom or brewery) or selling gift cards, meal subscription plan or branded merchandise. Branded merchandise is your opportunity to play and really let your brand “talk”. Dog friendly? Considering communicating that through the branded goods you sell.

Promote Takeout and Delivery

Boost your sales by promoting delivery and takeout options. Give your customers visiting you on-site a coupon to get them to try your delivery. Post signage around your establishment (particularly at the entrance and exit of your establishment) to let customers know this option is available to them.

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Promote Takeout and Delivery

Boost your sales by promoting delivery and takeout options. Give your customers visiting you on-site a coupon to get them to try your delivery. Post signage around your establishment (particularly at the entrance and exit of your establishment) to let customers know this option is available to them.

Adjust Your Restaurant Capacity

You’ll want to start with the busiest areas such as the bar area and the middle of your dining room. Move the tables around so they’re all at least six-feet apart from one another, or block off tables that you don’t plan on using so customers know not to sit there. Also, leave a limited number of chairs at your bar to avoid crowding. 

Create a Separate Ordering Area

This way you won’t have customers come up to the bar and order where they could be getting in the way of other seated customers. This will also allow you to keep the bar area less busy and divide up the traffic in your establishment a bit. 

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Create a Separate Ordering Area

This way you won’t have customers come up to the bar and order where they could be getting in the way of other seated customers. This will also allow you to keep the bar area less busy and divide up the traffic in your establishment a bit. 

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Draft System Checklist

If you had to temporarily shut down your draft system, here is all the information you need on how to bring it back to life. If you’re looking for a simple checklist on how to bring your currently hibernating draft system back to life, simply fill out the form below. 

Download our easy-to-follow Checklist and You’ll be pouring again in no time!

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Taking Care of Your Employees

Just as you are going to great lengths to maintain your guests’ safety, prioritizing your employees’ health and wellness should be a primary consideration as well. As an employer, it is your responsibility to educate employees on risk factors, train them through updated staff meetings, and monitor their health and well-being. Let’s take a look at how you can keep your employees safe on a daily basis. 

How to Train Your Staff and Keep them Safe while working in a Pandemic world

It’s crucial that as an employer, you’re monitoring your employee’s health at the start of each shift. By taking note of staff member’s symptoms, you can get ahead to prevent the spread of the virus. Make sure your employees are aware of the symptoms (listed in the graphic below) and notify you immediately if they start experiencing any. If employees do experience symptoms, have them get tested as soon as possible and don’t allow them to return to work until their results come back negative. 

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In the event that a staff member tests positive, you must tell them to self-isolate and clearly communicate that they are not allowed to come into work. There are symptom- and test-based strategies to follow depending on whether your employee was showing symptoms or asymptomatic. You can learn more about how to handle positive cases here

With safety as the top concern in your establishment, adjusting your cleaning practices is crucial. Make sure that all of your cleaning products fall under the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of approved products as these will kill all germs linked to Covid-19. 

You’ll also want to place hand sanitizer stations at various workplace stations throughout your establishment to remind employees to consistently sanitize. All sanitizers in your establishment should have at least 60% alcohol. 

And while sanitizing hands is extremely important, it’s just as important to sanitize high-contact areas frequently. Not just items touched by the customers, but also items often touched by employees, such as keyboards, doorknobs, and workstations.

With safety as the top concern in your establishment, adjusting your cleaning practices is crucial. Make sure that all of your cleaning products fall under the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of approved products as these will kill all germs linked to Covid-19. 

You’ll also want to place hand sanitizer stations at various workplace stations throughout your establishment to remind employees to consistently sanitize. All sanitizers in your establishment should have at least 60% alcohol. 

And while sanitizing hands is extremely important, it’s just as important to sanitize high-contact areas frequently. Not just items touched by the customers, but also items often touched by employees, such as keyboards, doorknobs, and workstations.

Sanitizing at a PourMyBeer beverage wall

As businesses in the hospitality industry start to open their doors back up, it’s necessary that your old employee training policies are updated as there are several adjustments that need to be made. And, with the CDC and FDA constantly releasing new information on how to handle Covid-19, as an employer you must stay up to date, but you must also keep your employees in the loop.

There are a few ways to do this:

Staff Meetings

Try and keep your staff meetings short, but make sure you’re letting your employees know all of the latest information. If there is a lot to cover, print out the information to hand to employees at the beginning of the meeting. If your employees don’t feel comfortable going to staff meetings in-person, allow them to join virtually. However, make sure your employees who do come to the meeting are maintaining six-feet of distance. 

Demonstrations of Best Practices

People learn best through doing. So why not demonstrate different training protocols to show your staff? Although it may sound silly since we all learned this when we were younger, but you’ll want to demonstrate to staff how to properly wash your hands. If staff members don’t wash their hands with soap for 20 seconds, the germs on their hands won’t be killed and may transfer to items served to guests. 

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Now that wearing masks is one of the best- known ways to stop the spread of the virus, make sure you have proper protective equipment available to all staff members. And, you can even make this a demonstration as well – show them the proper way to put a mask on and how to take it off. 

For more information, visit our full page of Guidelines for Employees in a Pandemic World, here

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Checklist of Safety Guidelines for Employees

After you’ve educated your employees on the updated training policies in your establishment, download our checklist below to give to each of your employees. They can look at this sheet before the start of their shift every day to remind themselves of the safety measures that need to be taken to not only keep themselves safe, but also to keep the customers safe. 

Download our Safety Guidelines for Employees Below!

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Taking Care of Your Employees

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, consumers have developed a sense of fear when it comes to dining out. And with this new fear comes new expectations. You, as the restaurant operator, have a responsibility to meet these demands and make your guests feel at ease while still bringing in the sales. 

What Are These New Expectations?

Before we can discuss ways to meet the new expectations of consumers, we need to talk about what they are. 

Currently, 70% of consumers believe that dining-in at restaurants will help them feel normal again. However, 72% of guests do not believe that other consumers will be safe when dining out. So, how do you bridge this gap?

Try surveying your customers. You can ask them questions on social media, through an email newsletter, or when they come to your restaurant. Ask them questions about your post-COVID strategy such as “What would make you feel the most comfortable when dining at our restaurant?” or “Would you like us to use one-time-use flatware?”. This will allow you to create a strategy that is tailored perfectly to your guests and their needs.

Let’s take a look at some ways to maintain your guests’ safety so you can keep your doors open.

Develop Your Online Presence

On your website, create a page or pop-up window with your updated hours, safety measures, and any other important information regarding your COVID-19 strategy. This will put your customers at ease knowing that you’re addressing what’s happening and they can see how you’re planning to keep them safe. 

Also, it is crucial right now to implement an online ordering system through your website as 83% of consumers don’t want to wait in a crowded lobby. If you have an outdoor seating area, allow guests to book it as part of their reservation. 

Remember, you want to post about your updated policies, safety measures, and reservations on your social channels to spread awareness. 

To learn more about building your online presence, click here

Off-Premise Dining

Many customers don’t feel comfortable dining at restaurants just yet, but they are looking for ways to support local businesses and still enjoy delicious food. If your restaurant doesn’t currently have any off-premise dining options, it is important to add these to your services. 

For takeout, you can implement both curbside pickup and a separate takeout window. Curbside pickup is becoming very popular among customers as they don’t have to leave their cars to get their food. With regular takeout orders, create a separate pickup station so guests don’t have to wait in the lobby with people waiting for their tables. 

For delivery, you can either create an in-house system (if you have enough staff) or use a third-party app, such as Grubhub, DoorDash or Uber Eats. Allow guests to choose whether or not they want contactless delivery, meaning the driver leaves the food on their porch, takes a photo, and texts them letting them know it’s arrived.

Make sure that all off-premise dining options follow the CDC’s recommended guidelines.

Update On-Premise Guidelines

As a restaurant owner, you’ll need to update your on-premise guidelines as there are several interactions and touchpoints that could potentially spread germs throughout the customer’s journey. 

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Here are some updated guidelines to keep your guests safe:

  • Have an outdoor check-in stand for guests.
  • Place stickers on the sidewalk indicating where guests should stand while waiting for their table. 
  • Place a QR code at the table or use disposable menus. 
  • Put hand sanitizer on each table.
  • Limit the number of interactions between guests and servers. 
  • Once guests leave, clean the tables and chairs with cleaning products that kill COVID-19, as listed by the EPA. 
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Updating Your Restaurant Equipment

With new safety regulations in place, bar and restaurant operators will need to adjust their equipment to provide the safest environment possible for guests. Both your front-of-house and back-of-house operations will need to make some changes. But, what exactly are those changes? 

Well, in our Updating Your Restaurant Equipment post, you will find recommendations when making changes to…

  • Infrastructure
  • Cooking and Refrigeration Equipment
  • Safety and Sanitization Equipment 
  • Draft System Equipment 

So whether you’re looking for help when choosing the proper equipment or making important changes to your infrastructure, you’ll find everything you need right here

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Prepare Your Restaurant for the Winter

As the seasons start to change, commonly, bars and restaurants prepare for the cold weather that’s on its way. However, with COVID-19 still heavily impacting the world, winter preparation looks a little different this year. That’s why we’ve outlined 21 tips to help you prepare for the cold months ahead during the pandemic. Within these 21 tips, you’ll find 11 tips to regularly prepare for winter as well as 9 tips to prepare for the winter during COVID.

Winter Preparation

When winter rolls around every year, there are several things you need to do as a bar or restaurant owner to keep your establishment safe. Our 11 tips for the winter, will guide you in the right direction! With fun tips like decorating festively and creating a seasonal menu to more practical ones regarding snow removal, you’ll find everything you need to prepare.

COVID-19 Winter Preparation

As a bar or restaurant operator, the uncertainty around what will happen this winter can feel overwhelming. Will guests still dine outside with the drop in temperatures? Will guests dine inside or will they feel uncomfortable? 

With our 9 tips outlined here, you will find some helpful suggestions to prepare your restaurant for winter during COVID (without spending too much money). From holiday delivery specials and football Sunday specials to operational changes, you’ll find some helpful tips to get you ready for the coming months!

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Keep checking back as this page is regularly updated with new content.

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As businesses start to reopen, we want to help you stay as safe as possible. If you have any suggestions on how can we improve this page or what content you’re missing and would like us to add here, don’t hesitate to contact us at cheers@pourmybeer.com!

*The recommendations above have been written to the best of our knowledge after interviewing our customers and conducting research from reputable sources, such as the CDC, WHO and FDA. We advise you to visit their websites to stay up to date on the latest guidelines.*

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