And nope, we're not swearing, but we do feel it is probably time we mention what we have put in place to do our bit to prevent the spread of the C-word, as in Covid 19.
What we haven't done is panic bought toilet rolls or hand sanitizer! (Our suppliers have reassured us there really is no need). What we have done is looked at the Public Health England advice and would like to share the following in terms of how we are already meeting or adapting to meet their recommendations.
PHE have three main areas of advice (in bold below). We have completed some additional training with our staff to ensure they are aware of this advice and to be extra vigilant. Below we also explain how, as a customer, you can help us meet their advice during your visit.
PHE advice: wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.
· Our toilets have antibacterial hand soap in the dispensers which we check daily but do let us know if you have any trouble getting soap out of them.
· Our toilets have single-use hand towels provided, please make sure you put them in the bin after use to ensure we can then dispose of them appropriately.
PHE advice: to reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.
· Please use the bins in the toilets to dispose of any used tissues, as we can then make sure they are disposed of appropriately.
PHE advice: clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.
· We clean our tables, tableware and all surfaces people touch regularly with a commercial-grade antibacterial spray throughout the day. However, if you would like us to re-clean any items to be extra sure, please just ask.
Other points to note
As a small business, the virus spread may affect us through staff shortages, meaning we have to close at short notice. We will always take a contact number when you book a table with us and will let you know if we are going to have trouble honouring your booking. It is therefore helpful to us if you book, or phone in advance to check we're serving as usual, before you visit.
We are always grateful if you can let us know as well if you cannot make your reservation due to illness or needing to self-isolate, as this helps us plan ahead.
Sally, Roy and The Bell Inn team