“Avoid using or sharing items that are reusable, such as menus. Instead, use disposable or digital menus”
- Center for Disease Control (CDC) for restaurants and bars
With the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) issuing guidelines to safely reopen the country post-lockdown, restaurants and cafes will have to be extra careful while welcoming and serving their customers. The CDC guidelines specific for restaurants calls for a widespread change in behavior and business practices of restaurants.
These guidelines naturally stipulate social distancing and hygiene norms that restaurants will have to comply with. Among other things, CDC guidelines discourage the use of reusable menu cards, which are considered potential carriers of coronavirus.
Already bogged with other stipulations — sparser seating arrangement, frequent sanitizing requirements, and appointing COVID-19 contact personnel — restaurateurs now also have to quickly overhaul their menus.
Reusable menu cards (usually present on each table in a booklet form) have been a norm for the F&B industry for decades. Now, since they are out of contention, the restaurateurs have to quickly think of alternatives that are cost-effective and maintain the aesthetic appeal of traditional menu cards.
The CDC has advocated the use of digital or disposable menu cards in place of the traditional reusable ones.
Let’s take a quick look at these alternatives, their advantages and cost-effectiveness as per business needs and if there are other options which can help restaurants expedite their preparedness.