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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Safety tips for Bars and Restaurants

In the time of COVID-19 pandemic, the crucial factor marking the difference between your business and your competitors’ is the number and efficiency of safety protocols you observe. Although the NHS has announced that the possibility of contracting Coronavirus (COVID-19) through food is extremely low, people are still very cautious when they approach the subject of food prepared outside their home. To reassure your customers that you are aware of their misgivings regarding the preparation and delivery of their food, you must have a thorough and functional system. Below we have six simple suggestions that can put your customers’ mind at ease:



1.      Provide Contact-Free Deliveries


The front line of fighting against the spread of COVID-19 involves minimizing direct contacts between people. Contact-free delivery is the best tool to increase your revenues while keeping everyone safe. After checking that the packaging of the food is done according to the latest safety protocols it is the time for delivery. This brings us to riders in charge of food delivery. Restaurants should set up an isolated area for the riders and once there they should respect the required social distance of 2 meters from their colleagues. Another matter to consider is that there are many arguments against accepting cash payments. That is why all fee should be paid online, meaning that the rider will just place the order at the door and ring the bell.


2.      Provide PPE to All Staff


Remember that your staff are the public face of your business. This means that your customers will judge you based on the appearance and attitude of your employees. People’s first priority these days is the correct implementation of safety issues. To reassure your customers that you share their safety concerns and try to satisfy them, be sure to equip all your staff including your riders with proper PPE kits and enforce the unremitting use of it. You must also provide a sufficient amount of PPE equipment and make it available for your staff. (PPE is short for personal protective equipment meaning hand sanitizers, gloves, protective clothing masks, protective eyewear, antibacterial wipes for PDQ and etc.)


3.      Provide an Extra Disposable Underlayer for the Food


Given that your rider will leave the order at the door, you should provide and extra disposable underlayer for the food to avoid direct contact with the floor. This could be in the form of an empty pizza box, an empty packaging box or an extra carrier bag.


4.      Put Extra Underlayer on the Floor


You should acquaint your riders with the safe delivery protocols. This entails keeping 2 meters (6.5 feet) away from the door, avoiding from entering house premises and touching door handles. But before all that, they should put the extra disposable underlayer on the floor, place the food on top of it and knock on the door.


5.      Avoid Accepting Cash Payments at the Door


Cash is one of the major sources of spreading germs including the bacteria and viruses (COVID-11 and etc.). Omitting cash payments could have loads of benefits. Your customers will pay you online prior to the delivery, you won’t need to deal with giving back the change and above all, you will give the impression to your customers that their safety is your number one priority.


6.      Apply Sanitizers and Wipes after Every Delivery


After every delivery, make sure that your rider uses hand sanitizers and wipes all his car or bike’s touching surfaces with antibacterial wipes. This thorough and meticulous observance of safety issues will solidify your customers’ trust in you and your services. And when that happens your success is guaranteed!






Cash Payments

Why Cash Payments Are Becoming Obsolete


  • Some countries have started going cash-free
  • The fear of COVID-19 pandemic is expediting the process
  • We are at a point in history when all transactions could be contactless
  • Cryptocurrencies are gaining ground
  • A large fraction of the public is already on board
  • The need for providing change is lifted
  • It is more secure
  • Cash is becoming something of the past


Countries on the Path of Realizing a Cashless Society

Although we don’t have an instance of a completely cashless society yet, several countries are on the verge of achieving the goal. Scandinavia is on the lead followed closely by China, South Korea and the UK. The Swedish government took the world by storm by announcing that it intends to go cashless by 2030. As for today, the swedes boast more than 85% of daily cashless transactions. You better have a valid credit card if you are travelling to Sweden since most businesses (even buses) don’t accept cash. Even finding ATMs is a challenge! Sooner or later everyone will follow the same route. It is similar to what happened when the internet or smartphones first emerged. No one can resist forever! Winners are those pioneers who embrace the marvels of the modern world at once!

The Effect of the COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic is on the leash and cash has been one of its many victims. The World Health Organization (WHO) refrains from issuing any direct ban on the use of coins and cash but advises everyone to wash their hands after handling money. Some interpret this as an indirect warning regarding the use of cash in the time of the pandemic. No matter how we see such announcement one thing is certain; most people prefer to go cashless lest their biggest fears are realized. And it is common knowledge that when people develop a habit, they tend to keep it!

Contactless Transactions on the Horizon

While a few years ago the prospect of a cashless world was dim, now we are almost looking at it! All infrastructure for making entire transactions contactless is ready.  You can pay any bill and purchase any item you want by pushing a few buttons on your mobile’s payment app. Cash has been fighting for survival in various other grounds. Its latest nemesis is a phenomenon known as cryptocurrency. You have probably heard of terms such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, Monero, Dash and the like. These digital currencies are growing at an unstoppable rate and hail a whole new age of investment and expenditure. And whatever their next mutation brings, it will further weaken the already shaken frame of money.

Going Cashless; a Popular Front

Another major factor contributing to the gradual demise of paper money is, believe it or not, people themselves! According to a new poll, one in three Brits voted for the exclusive use of cashless transactions. The ease and swiftness of purchase and payment via online services have caused many people to stop using cash for good and go with the flow of digitization.

Here’s Your Change!

If you are in the restaurant business, you know about the hassle of finding change. This brings about another advantage of going cashless! You can do payments to the last penny without worrying about the change!


It goes without saying that cashless transactions are safer in comparison even if you add the risk of being hacked. A new level of security has been introduced by Google and Apple in their payment services. Before enjoying the ease of using GooglePay or ApplePay, you will have to choose one of the three methods of identification. These are face recognition, fingerprint, or pin number.

Cash Is Something of the Past!

Many people believe that cash is an anachronism in today’s modern world brimming with digital gadgets and online banking services. That may seem like an exaggeration but does it? The number of people using smartphones has reached a mind-blowing 3.5 billion! As mentioned earlier most smartphones are equipped with online payment platforms. And once people get a taste of online payment, they are unlikely to go back to cash payment with all the hassle that comes with it.