Re-Opening the Dining Room

Dining Room Reopening

There's a lot to consider before re-opening the dining room in your community. Here are a few key considerations and best practices.
A few basic points...
  • Prohibit sick employees in the workplace
  • Establish strict hand washing practices that include how and when to wash hands
  • Monitor cleaning and sanitizing surfaces frequently
  • Continue to wear appropriate face coverings
For the dining room...
  • Stagger dining times to decrease the total number of people in the dining room
  • Encourage everyone (even residents) to clean hands before entering the dining room
  • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, and carts regularly
  • Consider modifying the dining room layout by adding space between tables and chairs, adding physical barriers, and encouraging social distancing
  • Avoid sharing items such as menus and condiments, simplify or remove centerpieces from tables
Other considerations...
  • Residents who are experiencing symptoms or not feeling well should continue in-room dining without coming to the dining room
  • Follow a procedure in your community for newly admitted residents to receive testing and/or a designated quarantine period before participating in group dining
  • Avoid setting tables with glasses or tableware before time of service to minimize potential contamination
  • Consider adding additional spaces for seating such as activity rooms



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