Puratos has announced that, in full compliance with local authority guidelines around the world, it has taken all the internal measures necessary to strengthen the health and safety of the employees and business partners, as well as to continue to ensure the production and supply of the products to all the customers.
However, the health emergency caused by Coronavirus is having a significant impact on its work and daily lives, Puratos underlined.
“Governments around the world consider both the medical and the food industry as strategic sectors during this crisis. Since you are helping communities around the globe by providing them essential food, we are socially responsible for keeping our activities going,” according to a press release.
As the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues, it is essential to apply thorough hygiene guidelines. In order to help fighting and containing the virus, Puratos has gathered some additional, precautionary measures that can be taken by bakery manufacturers.
- Maintaining a clean environment for both your customers and team members is now the number one priority. That is why it is important to pay extra attention to cleaning surfaces and objects that are touched by different people, including payment terminals, counters, kitchen benches, work desks, door handles, cash registers, soap dispensers, and computers (keyboards).
- Implement a cleaning schedule to make these efforts part of a routine and inform your customers and staff members accordingly.
For everyone to practice good hygiene and prevent the virus from spreading, the World Health Organization (WHO) strongly advises to:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and disinfect them with hand sanitizers;
- Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance from other people;
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth;
- Cover mouth and nose with bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze (if so, dispose of the used tissue immediately.);
- Do not shake hands;
- Additionally, to avoid touching products with hands, favor using serving tongs and hygiene gloves.
It is also advised for staff and contractors to have access to places where they can wash their hands with soap and water as well as placing sanitizing hand rub dispensers in prominent places.
To help and build trust among your customers, bakers can:
- Stimulate contactless payments and create a ‘transaction unit’, where they can place the ordered goods for people to collect while keeping distance.
- Guarantee that customers stay one meter apart. Place visual aids on the floor – with for example tape – to help discipline and reassure your customers.
- Leave sufficient space for entry and exit flow and communicate a ‘one in, one out’ policy.
- Limit the number of customers inside, according to the size of the shop. Use communication on the door to indicate the maximum of people.
- When there are lines outside, emphasize the importance of keeping distance again.