Today, April 27, 2020 restaurants in Georgia are being allowed to open for Dine in operations. Governor Kemp released a list of 39 guidelines on Thursday evening for restaurants to meet what he calls “minimum basic operations.” Those guidelines require employees to wear masks or face coverings at all times, screening staff for COVID-19 symptoms and fevers over 100.4, staggering shifts, and spacing out tables and bar seating in the dining room to allow six feet between other seating arrangements. Additional guidelines include;
- Allowing only ten patrons per 500 square feet in dining room, waiting area, bar area.
- No self-service drink, utensil, or condiment stations
- Encouraging the use of disposable menus
- Discontinuing salad bars and buffets
- Thoroughly sanitizing tables and any other commonly used items by guests
- Using rolled silverware and no presetting of tables
- Limiting parties to no more than six people per table
- Encouraging reservation-only
- Posting signs at the entrance stating no one is allowed in the restaurant who is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or a fever over 100.4
- Using contactless pay options when possible
- Providing hand sanitizer or additional hand-washing stations for staff and patrons
- Not allowing people to congregate in waiting areas
- Prioritizing takeout and delivery over dine-in service when possible
Read the full executive order entitled “Providing guidance for reviving a healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19” here.
Govenor Ron Desantis is still reviewing recommendations from the re-opening Florida task force but is expected to outline his re-opening guidelines this week as the Governor’s “safer at home” order expires on this Thursday, April 30th.
If you are a Food Service owner operator and have been shut down for an extended period of time, Pentair Everpure has the following guidance for your water treatment system;
Filtration systems are designed to be operated on a continuous basis with only relatively short periods of down time (overnight and holidays). When a system is shut down for an extended period of time, there is a potential for microbiologic growth. To address concerns with system operation after the shutdown, please follow the below instructions. This is applicable to all Pentair filtration systems (i.e., pre-filters, carbon-based cartridges and Reverse Osmosis (RO) systems).
Periodic Flushing In cases where the customer knows that the system will be down for an extended time and is able to get to the system on a periodic basis, follow the below flushing procedure every 3-4 days:
Flush the system for a minimum of 5 minutes by letting the outlet water run to the drain. For systems with multiple outlet ports, flush for a minimum of 5 minutes through all ports.
Empty the tank through the outlet port until the pump turns on. Once the pump is on, flush the system for 10 minutes by letting the outlet water run to the drain. For systems with multiple outlet ports, flush through all ports.
Shutdown for Less Than or Equal to 7 Days:
When you put the system back into operation, flush the system for a minimum of 5 minutes by letting the outlet water run to the drain and then proceed with normal operations. For the systems with multiple outlet ports, flush for a minimum of 5 minutes through all ports.
When you put the system back into operation, empty the tank through the outlet port until the pump turns on. Once the pump is on, flush the system for 10 minutes by letting the outlet water run to the drain and then proceed with normal operations. For the systems with multiple outlet ports, flush for a minimum of 10 minutes through all ports.
Shutdown for Greater Than 7 Days:
All Systems (Filtration and RO)
Remove all existing filtration elements that are present in the system (pre-filters, carbon filters &/or RO cartridges) and dispose. Disinfect the system as instructed in the applicable Installation and Operations Guide for that specific system.
After the disinfection process is complete, replace the filtration elements with all new pre-filters, carbon filters &/or RO cartridges. Flush the system as instructed in the applicable IO Guide to complete the procedure.
Initiate a manual regeneration.
Shutdown for Greater Than 30 Days:
Disinfect per the Installation and Operation Guide for that specific unit. Generally speaking, it is adding some bleach to the brine tank before initiating a manual regeneration.
Pentair assumes the following in providing this guidance: Incoming water is potable.
There is no boil-water advisory or boil-water order issued by the applicable public health or governmental authority.
System is being maintained within normal operating temperature and other conditions as set forth in the applicable specification sheet.
If you have concerns or cannot confirm these assumptions for the system, follow the instructions above under the section entitled “Shutdown for Greater Than 7 Days”.
For more information or questions regarding your Pentair Everpure Water Treatment system please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us directly at 800-942-7873.