3 Tips to Set Up Your Bar’s Outdoor Seating Area for Better Social Distancing

As U.S. cities and states, as well as countries around the world, begin to reopen after the lockdown, we are being faced with a whole new set of restrictions, which include regional and local government guidelines, that are meant to slow down the spread of COVID-19. As a bar or restaurant owner, now you’ll have to foray into a new frontier of safe service with adequate social distancing, and that means an increased dependence on outdoor seating. In fact, in cities like New York, outdoor dining may be the only option for most establishments for the foreseeable future. Although changing the layout of your bar or restaurant may seem like a daunting task, here are some easy ways in which you can do that:

  • Reduce the number of tables 

As per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), outdoor seating with tables at least six feet apart poses a relatively low risk of disease spread. If you already have patio seating, you can increase the distance between the tables by reducing the number of tables and chairs. You can also set up barriers between tables by using Plexiglass or even plants. If it is not possible to reduce tables, you can ensure that people don’t sit too close together by putting up clearly visible signs saying so.

  • Set up portable bars

To ensure social distancing in settings that see heavy crowds, like the bar area, you can use mobile bars and shields. We offer a range of products like “Bar Guards” and “Ultimate Shields” as well as event cubes and portable convention bars that can help you to keep the line moving and prevent bar crowding. Our mobile bars and shields are made using materials that are easy to clean. 

  • Keep entry and exit points on opposite sides

A great way to limit physical contact between guests and your staff is to make sure that there are separate points of entry and exit and on opposite sides. In addition to that, you must also mark proper ways in and out of the kitchen, bar as well as the washroom. It is only when the management takes effective safety measures and precautions that the customers are able to place their confidence.

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