As restaurants reopen for dine-in service, consumer confidence is top of mind for operators who want to ensure full patios, hoping to regain much of the lost income from lockdown.
The P.O.S.T. Promise, which stands for People Out Safely Together, is focused on preventing the spread of COVID-19 through implementing and practicing the five key steps to workplace safety. Restaurants across Canada are invited to make the P.O.S.T. Promise with the objective of taking part in a collective solution to help Canadians confidently and safely take the first steps back into public spaces and the workplace.
The POST Promise is a declaration that businesses make through highly visible signage throughout their restaurant or bar to uphold five key steps identified to help create a safe workplace for employees and consumers:
- Maintain physical distance.
- Wash and sanitize hands.
- Stay home if unwell and report symptoms.
- Clean and disinfect regularly.
- Practice respiratory etiquette.
Businesses who make the promise will be able to use and prominently display the POST Promise logo which is a nationally recognized symbol of a business’ commitment to doing their part to protect their customers’ and employees’ health and safety as COVID-19 restrictions ease.
Participating business can also purchase a kit which will include additional communication tools like window decals, posters and tent cards which can be used to further build awareness of their commitment within their place of business.
Restaurants Canada, a founding member of the P.O.S.T. Promise, will be working with various corporate partners to extend the P.O.S.T.Promise to bars and restaurants coast to coast. Labatt Breweries of Canada was the first corporate partner to roll-out the P.O.S.T Promise.
“Restaurants Canada is proud to be a founding partner of the POST Promise initiative. The health and safety of those that restaurants serve is always mission critical and restoring consumer confidence is key to successfully welcoming the return of diners,” said Shanna Munro for Restaurants Canada. “While we’ve been educating foodservice operators on best reopening practices that they can undertake with our Rapid Recovery Guide, the POST Promise allows establishments to visibly display their commitment to providing a safe environment for guests to enjoy dining out again.”
“Restaurants and bars play such a meaningful role in bringing friends and family together and we know how much the industry has been impacted by COVID-19,” said Kyle Norrington, President, Labatt Breweries of Canada. “We want to do everything we can to help our friends in the restaurant industry bring that occasion back into the lives of Canadians, safely. The POST Promise will help instill confidence in customers and employees as Canada begins to reopen.”