Restaurants as staff canteens – new opening hours from Monday, 29/03/2021
Department of Health
Since the beginning of March, restaurants have been able to submit applications to open staff canteens serving employees working outside of business premises. Seven businesses in the Canton of Basel-Stadt have so far been given approval. The normal opening hours (06.00 – 23.00) for staff canteens in private businesses and public institutions will now apply to these staff canteens on weekdays.
For those Basel restaurants with authorisation from the Department of Health Basel-Stadt to operate as staff canteens, this means that, as of 29 March 2021, they can open as staff canteens on weekdays between 6 am and 11 pm to cater for employees working outside of business premises. The other prerequisites for authorisation of staff canteens for employees working outside of business premises remain unchanged. Restaurants that already have authorisation from the Department of Health can adjust their opening hours independently without having to make a new application.
The following guidelines also continue to apply to restaurants that are operated as staff canteens:
- They are allowed to serve employees from the following industries: trade, construction, road maintenance (main construction and finishing trades), installation services and agriculture (horticulture, farming and forestry).
- Staff who will be visiting the restaurants must be registered there in advance by their employer.
- Restaurateurs record patrons’ data and keep it for 14 days for the canton’s contact tracing.
- Restaurants must adhere to the strict safety policy in force. This aims to prevent any infections and to allow the situation to be quickly contained in the event of an outbreak.
The process is very straightforward: In order to open as a staff canteen, all restaurants need to do is register in advance with the medical services of the Department of Health Basel-Stadt by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The cantonal authorities responsible for Covid-19 inspections (Department of Health, Office of Economy and Labour (AWA), Cantonal Police) will regularly check implementation on site.