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On Friday 20th March 2020 the Government told hospitality venues to close. 

Empty venues will bring their own safety and hygiene risks and there are certain measures you can take to reduce the risk and protect your venue.

Bars, restaurants, coffee shops, gyms and leisure centres up and down the country are working on ‘moth-balling’ their sites at the minute after the Government told all venues to close. (Venues can still remain open for take-away and delivery). 

Here’s a list of recommended actions we’ve put together to make sure your site remains as safe and hygienic as possible while closed. 

  • Remove all food apart from frozen (leave in the freezer).
  • Empty fridges, clean, turn off and leave door open
  • Carry out a deep clean of the premises
  • Remove waste.
  • Clean beer lines.
  • Remove any linen, towels and used consumables.
  • Check all gas/electricity outlets are off
  • Turn the water off.
  • Secure store chemicals.
  • Empty, clean and turn off ice machines and other equipment (coffee machine etc)
  • Clearly communicate who will take on a key holder role and when – somebody who will be responsible for attending the venue in case of emergency.
  • Speak to your pest control contractor about the best ways to manage your empty venue. Your empty venue will encourage increased pest activity.
  • Speak to your facilities maintenance contractors about upcoming inspections and testing of equipment such as fire alarms. If they’re due to be completed in the period you plan on being closed, then consider a way of ensuring they can be done – not completing your maintenance will likely void your insurance and should anything happen to the venue while you’re away you may not be covered. 

 

We haven’t included operational activities in this list (because there are too many to mention) but you should consider things such as where you will keep valuable stock and cash.

 

Reach out to us if you need more help.

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