As many businesses have reopened during the COVID-19 pandemic, their owners have hired trained security personnel to deal with issues that few people could have predicted before this crisis began. If you operate a restaurant, security might not have been a serious concern in the past. However, in the interest of protecting your staff and your patrons, you'll want to consider working with a local security company that offers coronavirus security services. Officers who are trained in dealing with issues related to COVID-19 can assist your establishment in a variety of ways. Here are some roles that you'll likely have your security personnel performing at your restaurant.
Controlling The Flow Of Patrons
Whether you've opened your restaurant to the point of having guests dine inside of the establishment or you're only offering take-out food at the counter, there's a good chance that you need to restrict the number of people inside of your establishment to a certain number. Not every patron can be respectful of this guideline, and your restaurant staff are likely unprepared to deal with conflicts of this nature. Professional security guards can ensure that your restaurant doesn't get too crowded by controlling the flow of patrons at the door. Generally, this means allowing one patron to enter when another has exited.
Enforcing Mask Regulations
If your state requires that its residents wear face masks inside of indoor public spaces, you'll hope that most of your patrons will respect this regulation. However, there is a chance that some people may not — and that they may become difficult or even combative if one of your staff members were to remind them of the rule. Having professional security guards will be critical to dealing with these situations. Not only can the authoritative presence of a security officer compel people to follow the mask rules, but an officer can also remove someone from your restaurant if he or she isn't complying.
Emphasizing Physical Distancing
It's possible that you may have patrons who line up outside of your restaurant to pick up food orders once they're allowed to enter. It's important for these individuals to respect physical distancing guidelines as they wait, but not everyone necessarily will. Individuals who stand too close to other patrons may potentially expose others to germs. There could also be conflicts between people, as one person may be upset that another is standing too close. Trained security officers can emphasize the importance of physical distancing while also dealing with arguments should they occur.