You can never be too careful when you are factoring in the safety of the workers and guests at your restaurant or bar during the COVID-19 health crisis. The Coronavirus has taken more than a toll on the heart of America — it’s taken a toll on Illinois gaming establishments, restaurants, and bars. We all know and love the familiar habit of kicking off our work shoes on a Friday at 5 o’clock, heading down to our local bar, and catching up with our friends and neighbors. 

Since the pandemic, we have had to make more than just a slight adjustment. Our new “norm” has completely changed, and it’s safe to say that, to return to the old, we have to embrace some of the new. Here are some helpful safety tips to keep our friends, neighbors, coworkers, employees, and guests safe at your bar or restaurant during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Invest in Disinfectants & Cleaning Agents

Everything starts with how you change your daily routines. The first step to ensure the customers and employees at your Illinois gaming establishment are safe is to lead by example. You should consistently wear a mask and disposable gloves, and wash your hands often and thoroughly throughout the phases of this pandemic. Keep disinfectant and bacteria-killing agents around at all times to promote safety and minimize worry. Stay up to date and educated on products that the CDC and IDPH recommend using. 

Wear a Mask Wearing a mask is a fundamental addition to helping keep the employees and customers safe at your Illinois gaming business. Make sure masks are easily accessible for your staff members, and require that everyone who is working wear them at all times. The mask must cover both your nose and mouth to prevent the spread of respiratory droplets that can come from coughing, sneezing, or talking. It is also important to continue social distancing even when you are wearing a mask. Maintain a 6-foot distance whenever possible to reduce the likelihood of catching the virus. Wear a Mask

Wearing a mask is a fundamental addition to helping keep the employees and customers safe at your Illinois gaming business. Make sure masks are easily accessible for your staff members, and require that everyone who is working wear them at all times. The mask must cover both your nose and mouth to prevent the spread of respiratory droplets that can come from coughing, sneezing, or talking. It is also important to continue social distancing even when you are wearing a mask. Maintain a 6-foot distance whenever possible to reduce the likelihood of catching the virus. 

Wash Your Hands

Discuss with your staff how important it is to follow CDC guidelines on how to properly wash your hands. Ensuring that antibacterial soap and sanitizer are always in stock is of the utmost importance for both employee and customer safety. Proper signage should be posted throughout the Illinois gaming establishment and in the restrooms to act as a reminder of what effective personal hygiene looks like. 

Furthermore, restrooms should always be stocked with paper towels for hand drying and garbage cans should be strategically placed near the restroom door so employees and guests can avoid touching the door handle. Providing garbage cans both inside and outside the bathroom door will ensure your guest can dispose of waste while upholding their personal hygiene. If you have any questions about how to improve hand washing between employees and customers at your restaurant or bar, visit the CDC website on proper procedures. 

5 Safety Tips for Bars & Restaurants to Follow During COVID-19Wipe Down Areas During & After Use

There are many people who contribute to running a safe, healthy, and successful business. From the employees, to the consumers, to the distributors, this is a time when it is essential to consider the health of all the moving parts. The FDA and CDC have put together guidelines to keep your Illinois gaming facility clean and disinfected. Remember to keep sanitation nearby and to consistently wipe down all areas before use, during use, and after use. 

Clean Your Illinois Gaming Machines

One of the most important aspects of your business is your Illinois gaming area. While specific guidelines on social distancing are yet to be determined, we know that sanitizing your video slot machines will be on the list. Start getting in the habit of disinfecting your slot machines and gaming areas multiple times a day. Prepare to limit the number of patrons in the gaming area, and provide sanitation stations that are accessible to all players. Most importantly, play safe! That’s really what we call winning.

It is our number one priority to make sure our friends, family, and neighbors are staying safe. The more we practice these protocols, the faster we can be back on track to normality. Implementing strategies to encourage behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19 among employees and customers is crucial. If you have questions or concerns about safety guidelines or Illinois gaming, give our staff a call by phone at (847) 704-7608. Awesome Hand Gaming provides video slot machines and games to restaurants, bars, and truck stops. We’re getting closer and closer to the light at the end of the tunnel. Stay safe, Illinois.