Back on the menu

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on May 14, 2020

THE hospitality industry received news this week that operations could slowly re-commence but the ‘new normal’ will look different to what customers are used to.

As of Monday, bars, cafes, restaurants, pubs, hotels and casinos can offer dine-in meal service to a maximum of 20 patrons at a time.

Albany’s Lime 303 restaurant, which continued its takeaway food service to counteract dine-in restrictions, will re-open to the public seven days a week, 5-8pm.

Customers who have made a booking will be welcome.

Greg Pepall, Rebekah Collins and Emma Bellotti (pictured) are excited to serve their clients in-person once again.

But before hospitality businesses can reopen, they must complete an official COVID Safety Plan as well as a Hospitality and Tourism COVID-19 Hygiene course.

These qualifications aim to ensure businesses and workers understand venue restrictions, how to report personal health issues, maintain personal and work environment hygiene practices, reduce cross contamination and implement effective cleaning and sanitising practices.

Level 1 of the Hygiene Course must be completed by all staff, and managers and supervisors must complete Level 2. Every venue must have a staff member with the more advanced accreditation on shift at all times as the venue’s dedicated hygiene officer.

“This mandatory, specialised course will ensure that every single worker employed at a WA hospitality business has the skills and knowledge to protect themselves, their colleagues and their customers from COVID-19,” Premier Mark McGowan said.