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COVID-19 Restaurant Guidelines in Chicago, IL

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has laid out COVID-19 guidelines for restaurants and establishments that prepare food as part of their operations. The state has temporarily shut down indoor dining for most of Illinois, but some restaurants are finding ways to operate and serve customers through take-out and delivery options. Some restaurants are providing outdoor dining bubbles to ensure that diners are able to enjoy a meal in an enclosed environment. Because many restaurants are opting to find ways around the restrictions to stay open, they have to engage in cleaning routines that prevent the spread of COVID-19. Enviro-Masters’ commercial cleaning services help restaurants and dining establishments achieve a level of cleanliness that’s not easily achieved by elbow grease and disinfectants alone.

Restaurant Cleaning Recommendations From IDPH

IDPH has issued cleaning guidelines for daily operations and reopening after a prolonged closure. A restaurant that has been closed for a period of time should run water in all sinks to flush out standing water prior to use, and deep clean the facilities, food contact surfaces and high-touch surfaces. Extra attention should be paid to cleaning food prep surfaces that have not been used for a long period of time. Point of sale systems, bathrooms and door handles in the kitchen and dining areas should also get a deep clean. Do not shake out dirty laundry and wash items according to their manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, wash the laundry on the warmest setting to help kill contaminants. Perform a walk-through of the establishment to look for spoiled food, signs of rodent and/or bug infestations, and dispose of anything that could be a source of contamination.

The IDPH recommends cleaning surfaces with soap and water prior to disinfection, then using diluted bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with a minimum of 70% and household disinfectants registered with the U.S. Environmental Agency. These products and dilutions do a good job of killing off viruses and bacteria, but they need constant reapplication to be effective. Enviro-Master’s commercial cleaning services help restaurants stay cleaner for longer and aid with the regular deep cleaning of a restaurant’s kitchen and bathrooms.

Enviro-Master’s cleaning technicians are trained in the use of a specially designed sprayer that electrostatically charges the disinfectant as it exits the nozzle. The positively charged droplets adhere to the surface and stays in place longer than commercial germicides. The disinfectant that’s used is hospital-grade and environmentally friendly. It can be sprayed directly to food preparation surfaces, high-touch areas in kitchens and bathrooms, and any other surface that undergoes regular contact with employees, guests and food. Enviro-Master’s disinfectant kills 99.99% of viruses and bacteria, is non-corrosive, non-toxic, long-lasting and uses oxygen to kill pathogens. Enviro-Master of Chicago can help businesses re-open and stay safe with our COVID cleaning service and bathroom cleaning service. Contact us today to learn more!

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