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. (Updated May 28, 2021)
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 wear masks at all times in public spaces.
- 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 staff members have shown any signs of illness, 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 if touched. Tap purchases will be encouraged (limit now $250).
- Glassware for patrons will be sanitized in our commercial dishwasher.
- Shared tastings are not recommended.
- Tasting notes/price sheets will be laminated and sanitized between groups.
- Patrons will not handle any products without the intent to purchase.
- Hand sanitizer will be made available to patrons at the entry, and also for staff.
- Entry door will be kept open when possible.
- Chairs & Tables on the patio will be spaced a minimum of 6 feet.
- Disposable spit cups will be provided, and a garbage can for disposal on the patio.
- Visitors must wear masks in public spaces unless actively tasting.
- Appropriate reminders to visitors to remain 2 meters from other groups are posted
- 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).
- Appointment process available and extended hours to eliminate possible crowding.
- A concierge may be engaged for busy summer days.
- Contact Tracing with phone # and name to be taken
- Events are postponed until more direction is available from the province.
- Staff will be asked at shift start if they have any Covid symptoms.
- 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.
- This plan will be printed and available for inspection, and posted on our website: blackwidowwinery.com