Restaurants and pubs can reopen from April 12, with outdoor spacing and those who don’t can open from May 17.
For ‘all you can eat’ buffets things may be a little different due to traditionally having to get up and serve yourself.
They are already looking at what measures they can put in place.
Some restaurants with outdoor space are taking bookings in preparation for April 12 – but for most ‘all you can eat’ buffets it’s not a possibility as they won’t open till May 17.
The Crown buffet, based in Leeds, is a family run business established in 2007, with the capability to seat 160 persons at any one time.
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But even as Covid-19 restrictions lift, this doesn’t mean business will be able to continue as normal.
The Crown will not open until May 17 as it has no outdoor space.
The Crown differs from other buffets as whilst it is ‘all you can eat’, their service requires guests to order and food to be taken directly to the table – meaning they can avoid guests having direct contact.
They aim to continue social distancing and working at a limited capacity to ensure the safety of their guests.
Their serving style means they don’t have an open counter service with food already out as they have taken the decision to close their dessert section, which did require customers to pick their own from selections that were already laid out.
Another popular ‘all you can eat’ restaurant Cosmo, also encounters the same concerns as most of their food is out in buffet format.
The Leeds restaurant is remaining closed for the foreseeable, but both Sheffield and Doncaster will be re-opening.
Whilst some dishes are cooked directly in front of customers, not all are.
As a chain, they have already put extensive measures in place in preparation for re-opening, stating: “This is Cosmo’s new business as usual.
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“We have conducted and completed a risk assessment to present the controls we have taken to make the restaurant a safe environment.
“The temperature of all employees will be checked and recorded for two weeks before returning to work, and will continue to be checked every day.
“Any member of staff displaying symptoms will be excluded from the workplace.
“We have reduced and adapted our shift patterns to allow staff to travel during off-peak times safely and we have reduced the number of tables and chairs in the restaurants to ensure social distancing between guests.
“We have escalated our cleaning procedures with a professional deep clean every day and ensuring all utensils are cleaned prior to being used.
“All tables and chairs will be fully and completely cleaned after each guest has left.
“We will not be serving alcohol in our branches located in England. “
The restaurant chain are asking for customers to book well in advance and have said it is likely that customers will be asked to wait at their table and invited to collect their food.
Food and drink menus have gone digital and thermal cameras are in reception to check guest’s temperatures on arrival.
All guests are asked to wear a face covering, sanitise their hands and wear the disposable gloves provided when visiting the buffet.
For guests who are excluded from wearing a face covering, the restaurant will assist on collecting food choices.
All children under the age of 11 are asked to remain seated at all times.
As the UK continues on the roadmap out of lockdown, plans for restaurants will be ever-evolving.