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Contini Dining Guidelines April 2021


**UPDATED JULY 2021**

We’re delighted to confirm that we have been approved for the government’s hospitality accreditation scheme “WE’RE GOOD TO GO”.  This is a self certified accreditation that supports businesses in actioning the best practice and gives consumers confidence to dine out. It is a very detailed and comprehensive guide with very clear actions that we have absorbed and actioned.   The health and wellbeing of our customers, our suppliers and our team is at the heart of these best practices.  

SOCIAL DISTANCING
Signage is in place throughout the restaurant to support social distancing. If queueing is unavoidable please maintain 1m distance.  We also have a one way system around the restaurant.

Our team will be on hand to guide and direct you.  Please be reassured our team has been trained to observe social distancing when working.

HOUSEHOLDS
You will be asked on booking how many households are in your party so correct social distanced tables can be allocated. If this changes on arrival it may take a few minutes longer to find a suitable table for you.  Please bear with us so we can ensure your booking is compliant.  Max table size inside is 10 guests with up to 4 households.

Please note that we have allocated tables to accommodate one household and multiple households.  We can therefore not guarantee specific tables for any booking.

QUEUING
Queuing is not permitted inside the venues.  We will provide a queuing system outside the venue and you will be invited in by the host and seated immediately either in the restaurant, on the Venus Terrace or on the BrewDog Terrace.

ENHANCED HYGIENE
We have added additional hygiene routines to all aspects of our service.  Your table and chairs will be sanitised before and after each use.  Our menu also acts as a table mat which will be disposed of after use.

TEST & PROTECT
If possible we would recommend that you book through our online booking system or telephone.  If you are unable to book we welcome walk-ins.  It is now mandatory for us to collect all names and contact details of all members of each party, whether dining inside or outside.  We will ask you to scan a QR code when you are seated to log your details securely for mandatory contact tracing enforced by the Scottish Government. If you can not access the QR code we will provide a paper for you to complete your details.  This will apply to all children over 5 years old.

SERVICE STYLE
The one key change to the dining experience is how we deliver food and drinks to you.  Our kitchen and bar team will prepare all food or drinks and present these items on trays for our front of house servers to bring to you.  To help reduce contact we would ask you to remove the items from the tray.

CREDIT CARD DETAILS
In order to secure your booking we will ask for your credit card details. These will be stored securely.  You can cancel your booking at any time before 11am on the day of the booking (9am for breakfast bookings).  If you wish to cancel after this time you will be charged £25 per cover as a cancellation fee.   Please note, no amount is debited from your card on booking it is simply held for security purposes.

FACIAL COVERINGS
Our team will continue to wear face masks. Please wear a face covering, as per government guidelines, apart from when seated (including when entering, exiting and moving around).

CONTACTLESS PAYMENT
We will be offering contact less payment or payment by PIN.  Payment at point of order via the table order app will be available. When you wish to pay please stay at your table and our team will bring the bill to you. PDQ machines will be sanitised after each use. Please note that we are unable to give change should you choose to pay cash. This is to keep our team safe and avoiding handling cash, in line with Government advise.

NOISE CONTROL
It is within the regulations that we control noise within the venue.  We do play background music at a low level.  We would ask guests not to shout or sing.  If volumes are raised we reserve the right, under the regulations, to ask you to be quiet, or remove you from the premises.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING CAPACITY MANAGEMENT
Under the Dining Regulations we have calculated our maximum capacity, including staff to be 120.  We will monitor all entry and exits to and from the venue to ensure this is not exceeded.

Here are some frequently asked questions we hope will help you:

We will have to live with Covid-19 for some time.  The measures we have taken we hope will become second nature to all of us and will not impose on your dining experience.

BOOKINGS
Our largest table is 7 covers and must be made up of four households. We would prefer if possible that you can book online so we can know when you’re coming to avoid queuing if possible and support social distancing.
We are aware it will take time for general confidence to build up to dine out again.

GROUP BOOKINGS
Our largest single table can accommodate 7 guests.
For tables of 8 please book 2 tables of 4 and we will ensure they are located next to each other and will be treated as separate tables for ordering purposes.
For tables of 10 please book 2 tables of 5 and we will ensure they are located next to each other and will be treated as separate tables for ordering purposes.

Any larger group can be booked via our online booking system but will be subject to the general restaurant allocation and we can not guarantee the tables will be near each other and each table will be treated as a separate table for ordering purposes. For groups larger than 15 guests please email events@contini.com

GDPR
All booking details are held on our Resdiary system. The Test & Protect personal data will be held by us for at least 3 weeks (21 days). and then deleted. Your data will not be used for any other purpose.
We will only share your data when it is requested directly by NHS Scotland. This will only be in the unlikely event there is a cluster of coronavirus cases linked to the venue.

ARRIVING AT CONTINI GEORGE STREET
We have placed stickers on the pavement to help social distancing.  If you have to queue please queue outside using our pavement stickers.
On entering reception, our host will guide you to your table.

You will be asked whether your dining companions are from the same or one other household as this will determine the seating arrangement.

OUTSIDE SEATING
We do not take reservations for our outside tables as we can not guarantee the weather.  Queuing system will be in place when you arrive at the restaurant and our team will direct you to a table when it becomes available.
The system will be signposted advising on social distancing measures and types of dining styles on offer.

TEMPERATURE CHECKS
We are not temperature checking guests however we take part in the FeverFree initiative that are temperature checking all of our team and any supplier before entering the building.  If you have a high temperature, persistent cough or loss of taste and smell we would like to ask that you rearrange your booking along with current guidelines.

GLASS DIVIDERS
We have altered the interior of the restaurant and have added beautiful glass screens to help segregate guests to support social distancing.
If you would like to request a table screen, that will sit across the table we can provide if requested in advance.

VENTILATION
At Contini George Street we have upgraded our natural air ventilation system to support better natural air flow.  We are very lucky that Contini George Street has 26ft high ceilings, large windows, an existing natural ventilation system and a very large footprint to support good natural air flow.

LIMITED COVERS
We have reduced the number of covers in the restaurant based on social distancing guidelines.  We have removed tables and restricted covers. We have also limited the number of tables that can be booked at the same time to ensure there is no congestion at the entrance and so that we can space tables out ensuring a safe distance between parties.

HAND SANITISERS
Electronic alcohol based hand sanitising gel is available at the entrances to the venue and throughout the venue.  Our team has been trained to hand wash every thirty minutes and use hand sanitiser after any customer engagement.  Please use it at your leisure.

FACE COVERINGS
All our team on the floor and kitchens wear masks.

We hope you can see that they are smiling with their eyes.

For diners it is now mandatory to wear a face covering entering and exiting the restaurant and also when circulating inside the restaurant.

SOCIAL DISTANCING
Floor markings have been placed outside and inside the venue to help us manage a one way system and help you navigate social distancing and direct you around the restaurant.  We would ask that you follow these when moving around to use the washrooms or to leave the restaurant.
We have also completed enhanced training for our team both in the kitchen, bar and front of house to provide best practice around social distancing when working.

ORDERING & MENUS
Our menus will be online one week before we open and we hope to change our menus every two weeks or subject to availability.  We will have a slightly smaller choice but we will have all your favourites.
In addition we will have single use menus and drinks lists to help avoid any possible contamination. Your order will be taken by your dedicated waiter.

COATS & BAGS
We will not be able to accept your coats or bags but will ensure there is space at your table for these.

CHILDREN  (we love your babies)
Children who require their own seat (highchair included), or are over 5 years and over are counting towards the final number of guests at the table.
We welcome all our family and all our children however as we are not able to store your prams.   We would ask that you seat your children in their prams wherever possible. We will have a very limited number of high chairs, which will be sanitised between use.   We would ask that children are seated and not allowed to walk around the restaurant.  We will have a children’s menu with a crayon for colouring in.  We will still be giving your wee ones a Mr Spaghetti, hurray!

TABLE TIMES
We have structured our menus so you will be able to enjoy a leisurely experience and not feel rushed.  As per the government guidelines only 2h stay per booking is permitted

WASHROOMS
We have implemented measures throughout the premises to ensure that our guests feel confident in all aspects of the dining experience.

Our pre-Covid-19 hygiene practices have now been enhanced by increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting all hard surfaces and areas of particular concern.

Visibly displayed enhanced cleaning schedule will demonstrate that all essential checks have been carried out on an hourly basis.

Our team is trained in appropriate cleaning methods for sanitary areas, and for use of the equipment and products for cleaning and disinfection.

ADDITIONAL CLEANING
We will be enhancing the amount of cleaning we will be completing throughout the day. A member of the team has been tasked with these duties and you will see them working around the restaurant.  We hope this gives you additional confidence that we are applying best practice at all times.

GRATUITIES
An optional 10% gratuity has been added to you bill and goes directly to our team and is distributed through the Tronc system via PAYE.  Victor and Carina do not benefit from any tips.

OUR TEAM
Our team is so happy to be back at work and able to look after you.  They have all completed a Covid-19 return to work form. They have all completed extensive refresher training and additional Covid-19 training that supports your, our suppliers and our teams health and wellbeing. They change from their clothes to clean uniforms before they are ready to start work.  We will continue to review and monitor as we commencing serving you all again.

OUR SUPPLIERS
We have completed and reviewed our Covid-19 risk assessment and have rigorous procedures for all our suppliers.  All deliveries are received outside the premises and any contractor entering the venue will be asked to have their temperature recorded.

RISK ASSESSMENT
Our full Covid-19 Risk assessment will be available online from 26th April.

Remember if you have any questions please call or ask the team.  We are committed to making your dining experience the best we can.

Most importantly if there is anything you can recommend that we can do to make your experience better please share with us.

We so very much look forward to welcoming you and thanking you for your support, it truly is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your booking. We very much appreciate your support for our family business.

Victor, Carina and all the Contini team