Introduction The coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing, and experts and public health officials are warning of impending waves of COVID-19 cases (known, as The Dance, when businesses reopen and close due to additional waves). If the Fall and Winter bring a second wave, you will need to continue seeking ways to support your guests and staff and keep your FEC coronavirus-free. If you didn’t face it in the first wave, prepare to do it now.
Family Entertainment Center operators are always looking for ways to add value to their products and services to keep guests coming back for more fun. One of the easiest ways to do this is by setting up promotions that can help you drive return visits and increase customer loyalty. It's important to consider what type of promotion to offer, when to run it, and what you hope to achieve from it. Should the offer be a discount or a free game with purchase? Is it a one-time event or a long-term promotion? What are the goals: attracting new customers, optimizing guest experience, increasing revenue?
Introduction Cash is notoriously covered in germs; studies suggest that paper bills contain bacteria and viruses for days, leading to the spread of infectious diseases. COVID-19 brought this issue to the forefront. According to the Federal Reserve, the lifespan of various bills ranges four to 15 years, meaning cash currency is filthy because it has a lot of time to accumulate germs.
Family entertainment centers offer a multitude of attractions for people of all ages, often entirely indoors. Many people congregating in one setting, in high-traffic and high-touch areas, create an unhygienic environment. While cleaning and disinfecting your FEC surfaces remain top-of-mind, it's important to remember the quality of the "air" (as in ambient, airborne bacteria and chemicals) that your staff and guests breathe in.
As restrictions ease and phased reopening commences, you're cleaning more than ever, exposing yourself, your staff, guests, and your community to more chemicals than ever. It's vital to the health of everyone who enters your facility to ensure you're using the safest solution available on the market.
Research shows that customers emerging from the pandemic are only going to places they perceive as clean and safe, forcing business owners to implement stricter cleaning protocols, especially FECs with food and beverage offerings. People have more choices and higher expectations than ever before. To leave a lasting impression on your guests - and keep them coming back – it's key to prepare your F&B in a clean, coronavirus-free kitchen.
More than ever, your cleaning procedures have taken center stage, and our industry is investing more resources into elevated cleaning protocols than ever before (and cleaning more than ever before). Cleaning and disinfecting are arguably the most critical part of your maintenance routine and the best way to reduce germs throughout your facility. But cleaning and disinfecting are not created equally. You can clean without disinfecting, but you can’t disinfect without cleaning. So, what is the difference between cleaning and disinfecting? Cleaning is the removal of germs and dirt from surfaces. Cleaning does not kill germs; it removes or reduces the number of germs to lower the risk of spreading infection. Disinfecting (also known as "Sanitising," and also the reason Embed's Surface Cleaner is named Surface Sanitiser) kills germs on surfaces. If a surface is not cleaned first, germs can hide under soils and reduce the disinfectant's efficacy. By killing the germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection. COVID-19 is thought to be transmitted via respiratory droplets, and current evidence suggests it may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces. This is why it is essential to clean and disinfect your FEC properly. In order to eliminate and reduce the risk of spreading the virus, the CDC recommends that hard surfaces be cleaned AND disinfected frequently. It’s vital to understand the differences between these methods to help you determine the level of cleanliness necessary for a particular surface. It’s important to note that cleaning a surface, such as removing dirt and particles, is not the same thing as disinfecting a surface that kills viruses and bacteria. Create a Routine Cleaning and Disinfecting Schedule: it’s important to maintain a specific schedule for maintaining your facility to help prevent the spread of diseases. Clean and Disinfect High-Touch Surfaces: key high-touch areas should be regularly disinfected, including doorknobs, light switches, backs of chairs, and game buttons and joysticks. Use Cleaners and Disinfecting Solutions Correctly: follow label directions on cleaning products and disinfectants. Some products are only for specific surfaces and others have surface duration requirements. Embed Hygiene Defence is a new approach to hygiene protection. With a product range that is stronger than harsh industrial cleaners without the toxicity, Embed Hygiene Defence delivers longer-lasting power (4 - 24 hours) vs highly flammable ethanol-based cleaners (that only last 3 - 5 minutes.) Keep your business safe from fire hazards and provide the best uncompromised protection to the industry’s employees and guests.
Cleaning products are among the most common things found in any household or business — and can often be one of the most dangerous. Traditional cleaners are formulated with poisonous chemicals, and the presence of these potent chemicals in your business can pose a danger to your employees and guests if exposed to air (via inhalation), accidentally ingested or via contact with skin. Plus, they’re bad for the environment.
Toxic chemicals in consumer products pose unnecessary and avoidable health hazards to consumers, communities, and our environment. Some of the most dangerous chemicals can be found frequently in your everyday life. The chemicals in everything from your shampoo and cleaning products to your food and drinking water have been found to cause many illnesses and health issues, including cancer. According to the EPA, less than 1% of chemicals used in consumer products have received thorough testing for human safety.
2020 has been a year of change for everyone around the globe, forcing us all to adjust our way of life and reinvent ourselves. Some people have taken up new hobbies, like baking, knitting, or spending more time with family. Others have created personal goals to complete during their downtime. The focus on every business owner's mind is how to save their business and restore their pre-COVID glory. While the family entertainment industry's overall foundation has remained, many components of the business operations and service offerings will need to be reevaluated upon return. A new type of guest is emerging from the pandemic lockdown, and the success of any FEC relies on their ability to show how their business has adapted and reinvented themselves based on the new guidelines. Although each business model is unique, there are some key strategies centered around hygiene, safety, and communication that any FEC should use to move toward a successful and safe reopening.