On Friday, the Oklahoma Restaurant Association announced the launch of The Oklahoma Restaurant Promise (ORP). The objective of the ORP is to help restaurants instill confidence with customers as they choose to return to dine-in service at Oklahoma restaurants. The Promise communicates a restaurant’s pledge for the safety of their staff and customers by following the six elements of the Promise.
The Oklahoma Restaurant Promise ties directly to the COVID-19 Food Establishment Reopening Guidance enacted by Gov. Kevin Stitt, effective May 1, 2020. With restaurants and their customers working together to follow the guidelines, Oklahoma restaurants can reopen and keep employees and the dining public safe.
Led by the Oklahoma Restaurant Association, a task force made up of independent and chain restaurant operators, and Oklahoma health officials provided Governor Kevin Stitt and his team with a recommended set of guidelines to support the reopening of Oklahoma restaurants. Those recommendations were a part of developing what is now known as the COVID-19 Food Establishment Reopening Guidance, according to Jim Hopper, President & CEO of the Oklahoma Restaurant Association.
“The Oklahoma restaurant industry has an outstanding track record of protecting our employees and guests,” Hopper said. “As a way to help combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, restaurants are more than willing to make these promises and follow the industry-approved sanitation practices, as well as other new helpful practices and protocols provided by state health officials.”
The Oklahoma Promise includes the following six promises restaurants will make, to the extent reasonably practicable, to customers: 1) The availability of hand sanitizer; 2) Cleaning all tables and chairs after every use 3) Proper cleaning or disposing of menus, condiments, utensils and place setting after every use 4) Complying with social distancing guidelines, 5) Continuing to train staff members on proper food safety practices and, 6) Posting the Oklahoma Restaurant Promise sign at the front entrance of the restaurant for customers to view.
Any foodservice establishment that is reopening its dining room and other full-service areas may participate in the ORP by complying with its promises. Posters communicating the restaurant’s participation in the initiative are available in both English and Spanish and can be found on the ORA’s website.