A few states in the United States have declared monkeypox a public health emergency, just days after the World Health Organization (WHO) did the same.
There is public indifference to this statement, especially after the Covid-19 pandemic. We have seen many lockdowns and public health measures that have changed our lives for good.
However, we should now have a greater sense of responsibility towards each other. If someone is sick or not feeling well, do not go out. If someone has tested positive, self-quarantine and get medical help.
We all need to remember that when it comes to eating, there is an unspoken social contract between supplier and customer. I decided to write this article because I feel like many have forgotten what we have been through for the past two and a half years.
With the emergence of another potential infectious disease, some may need to be reminded. Many may disagree, but I draw your attention to this article written some time ago.
Looking at where we are today, the article certainly contains some great advice. Remember that many children have not been vaccinated and failure to follow the following advice will put them at risk.
The customer’s point of view
As a client, I expect:
- Restaurant employees are all vaccinated.
- Restaurant workers are healthy before starting work.
- Restaurant employees should follow all SOPs, including mask wearing and hand hygiene, especially before and after serving customers.
- All utensils are washed properly, especially after use.
- The restaurant is hygienic. This includes a well distanced and ventilated seating area and prepared food is covered.
- Tables, chairs and counters are well cleaned, especially the surfaces.
The view from the restaurant
A restaurant owner expects all customers to:
- Mask up when entering restaurants.
- Do not handle multiple plates, utensils and glasses by touching a few at a time.
- Do not enter if you are not feeling well. You are welcome to pack your food for take out, but please do not dine in as you will put our staff and other customers at risk
- Practice hygiene and cover up, especially if you are about to sneeze or cough. We have other people in the same area who may be uncomfortable with your habits.
- Never argue with the people who work there when they ask you to practice the SOPs. Everyone follows the rules whether they like it or not
- No smoking inside the premises.
Let’s all understand and adopt our best behavior when we go to a restaurant. Stay safe and practice all SOPs. Everyone must pull their weight to ensure that we are all safe from all infectious diseases.
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