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A reopening toolkit: What restaurants need to protect guests and workers from coronavirus

From social distancing markers to QR codes and touchless experiences, these tools are designed to help restaurants adjust to a post-pandemic world

Reopening a restaurant is no easy task after weeks of dining-room closures and a forced shift to delivery and carry-out. But as restrictions ease, restaurants will have to follow new guidelines, which is resulting in the need for new tools to ensure both customers and workers stay safe.

Many states are allowing restaurants to get back to business in phases, initially limiting capacity and requiring strict social distancing.

Guidelines vary by state, but suppliers are lining up to offer restaurants products designed to ease operations and help them meet local mandates.

And even as guests return for dine-in service, most restaurants that offer delivery and takeout are continuing those efforts as well. Consumers may be desperate to get back to full service, but some are still cautious and hard hit states like New York may not see a return to dine-in for a long time.

Here’s a toolkit of products restaurant operators could find helpful as they reopen for business, from social distancing decals to temperature scanners.

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