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Contini Dining Guidelines April 2021

**UPDATED AUG 2021**

It’s very positive news for everyone that we have reached “Beyond Zero” and life is returning to normal. Covid is still with us so as a restaurant business we plan to continue some protocols to ensure we keep mindful of our customers, our team, our suppliers and our families health and wellbeing.

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.

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.

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 however we will be passing plates to you.

In order to secure your booking for lunch and dinner at Contini George Street and Cannonball 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.

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

We continue to offer contact less payment or payment by PIN. 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. Whenever possible we would prefer you use card payment rather than cash to support our team’s health and wellbeing.
Please note when booking afternoon tea at The Scottish Cafe, full payment will be taken.

TABLE SIZES – there is now no limit on households
Our largest single table can accommodate 8 guests.
Parties of 9-16 will be allocated 2 tables and where possible 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 resdiary 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
Our largest single table can accommodate 8 guests.
Tables of 9 will be allocated 1 table of 5 and 1 x table of 4 and we will ensure they are located next to each other and will be treated as separate tables for ordering purposes.
Tables of 10 will be allocated 2 tables of 5 and we will ensure they are located next to each other and will be treated as separate tables for ordering purpose
Our largest single a la carte table is for 6 guests.
Tables of 9 will be allocated 1 table of 5 and 1 x table of 4 and we will ensure they are located next to each other and will be treated as separate tables for ordering purposes.
Tables of 10 will be allocated 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. We can offer tables of up to 10 in the restaurant but serving the Tasting menu only.


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.

We do not take reservations for our outside tables as we can not guarantee the weather.
When you arrive at the restaurant our team will direct you to a table when it becomes available. Please note if it rains we can not guarantee you a table inside, it will be subject to availability.

At all venues we have upgraded our natural air ventilation system to support better natural air flow.

We have reduced the number of covers in the restaurant based on social distancing guidelines. For the time being, and to ensure continued good practice we are maintaining the same number of restricted covers.

Electronic alcohol based hand sanitising gel is available at the entrances to the venue and throughout the venue. Please use it at your leisure.

We change our menus every subject to availability. We will have a slightly smaller choice but we will have all your favourites. Please note that any menus displayed online are sample only.
In addition we will have single use menus and drinks lists to help avoid any possible contamination.

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

We have structured our menus so you will be able to enjoy a leisurely experience and not feel rushed. Table return times are shared with all bookings on confirmation in order to efficiently run the venue.

We have enhanced 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.

An optional 10% gratuity has been added to your 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.

We have all adjusted to Covid differently, please be patient with our team as they continue to work with Covid despite a relaxation of the regulations. All protocols are followed should any of our team show symptoms of Covid.

We have completed and reviewed our Covid-19 risk assessment and have rigorous procedures for all our suppliers.

Your dogs are welcome on our terraces at Contini George Street, The Scottish Cafe and Cannonball House. Please note you are welcome to bring your dog to dine with you at Cannonball Bar, please book in advance. The restaurant menu will be made available for you in the bar and we would
ask that you dine with us before 7pm.

Our full Covid-19 Risk Assessment is available on request

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