COVID-19 WorkSafe Plan
OBJECTIVE – Adopt a plan to operate Tastings and Sales at Black Widow Winery that will ensure the safety of patrons and employees, effective May 19, 2020.
1: RISK ASSESSMENT
- The virus spreads by droplets in the air (coughing, sneezing) and from surfaces that are touched, followed by touching the face.
- Staff will need to provide information on our products, pour samples in some proximity to visitors, prepare orders for wine and other items for sale, and take payment.
- Surfaces that are typically touched include bottles, wine glasses, tasting note/price sheets, tasting counter, spit cups, cash register, credit card terminals, bathroom facility, entry door, patio tables and chairs, handrail on walkway to winery.
- MEASURE TO REDUCE RISK
Cleaning & Hygiene
- Staff must wash their hands with soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds at the start of each shift, after visiting the bathroom, and before and after each break.
- No family members have shown any signs of illness for months, nor been in direct contact with any known carriers of the disease. Sales and tastings will be done primarily by family members, supplemented by other employees as needed.
- Door handles, bathrooms, tables, chairs – wiped with sanitizer at the start of shift, and every 2 hours. Counters and charge terminals will be wiped between clients. Tap purchases will be encouraged (limit now $250).
- Staff will wear gloves while serving patrons, and gloves will either be disposed of at the end of each shift, or laundered with soap and hot water
- Glassware for patrons will be sanitized in our commercial dishwasher, or be single use for the patron to take with them.
- No shared tastings will be permitted.
- Tasting notes/price sheets will be printed for single use.
- Patrons will not handle any products unless purchased. Shirts, hats and other items for sale will be kept behind the counter aside from a few display only items.
- Hand sanitizer will be made available to patrons at the entry, and also for staff.
- Entry door will be kept open when possible.
- Most chairs and tables will be removed from the patio.
- Disposable spit cups will be provided, and a garbage can for disposal on the patio.
- Tasting Fee may include a GoVino plastic glass. See website for Tasting options.
- One way foot traffic to and from all tasting areas on busy days.
- Appropriate reminders to visitors to remain 2 meters from other groups.
- New tasting procedure: visitors step back behind a line, staff step forward & pour samples, then staff steps back so that visitors may retrieve samples.
- Maximum of 6 visitors in any one group. Multiple tasting stations will be located well apart from each other (two inside, one on front patio, & rear crush pad if needed).
- A physical barrier will separate groups in the Tasting Room.
- Appointment process available and extended hours to eliminate possible crowding.
- A concierge may be engaged for busy summer days.
- Events will be re-designed to ensure social distancing.
- Staff will follow all isolation guidelines if they feel ill (10 days as directed by the Province).
- Visitors who appear ill (coughing, sneezing) will be asked to leave.
- Signs will be posted to let patrons know that group size is limited to 6, and number of groups is limited to two inside the winery, and one on the patio &/or crush pad. Signs will remind them of physical distancing, to limit touch points, & sanitize hands. A sign will advise that visitors who appear ill will not be served. A handwashing instruction sign will be displayed in the bathroom.
Updated May 18, 2020