The COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses to adapt to a new way of operating. Almost every conceivable industry has been affected by this pandemic, and the hospitality industry is no exception. Restaurants, pubs, and eating establishments all across the country have been shut down, which means that they are not making money.
Thankfully, the government has granted emergency power to restaurants all across the country, giving them the option to transform their eating establishments into temporary takeaways for the next 12 months, to help them maintain an income during the crisis, and, at the same time, making sure people can get food if they need it. Let’s take a look at how you would go about converting your restaurant into a takeaway in this fashion.
Comply With the Rules!
If you want to begin to sell food to the general public as a takeaway, you have to abide by certain rules. Specifically, you need to follow EU law Regulation (EC) No 178/2002.
What this regulation basically comes out to is that when you are preparing food, it needs to be safe for human consumption. This may seem a bit obvious but the amount of people who are guilty of trying to make dodgy takeaways can literally number in the thousands.
You also need to make sure that you can trace your products back to their place of origin. This is a little more difficult for some companies to do, but it is also undeniably worth it for people who want to try and work out their takeaway business.
Adhere to Health Codes
Obviously, it’s important to try and adhere to health and safety rules why you are trying to get the takeaway off the ground. Your restaurant will have operated under a rigid set of processes, and your takeaway should be no different.
What you’re going to want to do is just to run it a lot like a normal restaurant in part. You’ll find that this gives you a great way for people to maintain a sense of normality.
Obviously, something that you’re going to want to do is to try and make sure you’ve cracked the whole social distancing thing. It’s definitely not easy to do but it is so worth it when you’ve figured it all out. What you’re going to want to do is to be safe when delivering, and practice good hygiene.
Overall, transforming your space into a proper takeaway isn’t easy but it can definitely be the way forward. When these trying times hit we all need to make sure that we do our best to be as adaptable and flexible as possible, and in a lot, this means you need to shift your focus. It’s not easy but there’s a lot of things to consider and they’re all easy to work with. You’ll want to explore all the options to find the one which works for you, and it’s definitely doable!