2020 Mar 19
With a significant number of people affected by Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Sri Lanka and around the world Colombo City Restaurant Collective (CCRC) has taken several measures to keep their associates and customers safe.
The members of the CCRC, who are registered members of the Ceylon Tourist Board would like to reassure the public that they have put additional health and safety measures in place, as per the government and World Health Organisation (WHO) directives, for all the members who offer Dine in, delivery and take away services at their respective restaurants. Food delivery, similar to that of shopping has controlled risk that will be responsibly managed by an individual restaurant management.
The food service industry follows strict local public health guidelines. To meet these guidelines, restaurants have safety protocols and best practices in place. At a meeting recently held and presided over by Harpo Gooneratne and the Executive Committee of the CCRC , it was decided to request all members to strictly adhere to the recommended safety protocols which include:
• Ensuring that handwashing practices are rigorously followed.
• Using gloves, masks and sanitizers.
• Strictly requiring associates who don’t feel well to stay home from work.
• Frequently disinfecting commonly touched surfaces in all areas of the restaurants.
• Maintaining the highest levels of hygiene during food handling procedures .
Keeping with its objectives, the CCRC remains vigilant in learning more about this disease by monitoring developments closely and keeping informed of additional recommendations from public health agencies to ensure that its member restaurants have the latest information about COVID -19 and adhere to the best safety practices to combat its spread. As a collective the CCRC employs over 5000 trained and skilled employees, in restaurants across the country serving the public every day, whose livelihood depend on this industry.
It’s doubly important that it manages the situation well in order to overcome this unprecedented crisis effectively which has gravely affected the Food and Beverage industry. The CCRC serves an important role in compliance and regulatory affairs, working with the relevant government authorities and its agencies on this issue that have an impact on the industry such as the Ministry of tourism, Tourist Board, Excise dept, PHI officials and other authorities.
As the CCRC is the apex body representing the Food and Beverage industry, its members have been requested to continue their service and commitment to doing what’s right to protect our Customers and Associates, and maintaining the highest levels of hygiene and safety.