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Should hotels shut down the complimentary breakfast area?

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All self-service food stations need to be monitored by staff to:

  • Ensure all sneeze guards, utensils, and other customer-service equipment is properly in place and used
  • Discard any food that has been contaminated by customers, such as touching food or sneezing and or coughing along the service line
  • Monitor food to maintain proper temperature
  • Replace utensils with clean utensils at least every four hours and ensure used utensils are properly washed, rinsed, and sanitized
  • Ensure non-food contact surfaces, particularly touchpoints such as counters, hand rails, etc., are washed, rinsed, and sanitized daily
  • Limit customer traffic to prevent close contact of customers (defined as being within 6 feet of each other for at least 10 minutes)
  • Self-service should be discontinued if this level of monitoring is not sustainable.