We want to make sure that we operate as safely as possible for our guests and staff, so we’ve designed a layout and protocols to minimize risk. Here’s a summary of our COVID-19 safety plan:
Dining Room Layout
Much of our understanding of how the virus spreads is based on case studies, and we’ve paid particular attention to a study of infection in a Guangzhou restaurant. This study illustrates the spread of coronavirus from one group to two other groups at nearby tables. Researchers believe that the air conditioning system propelled droplets/aerosolized particles across the room. Diners at other nearby tables outside this path of airflow were not infected, despite similar proximity. No staff were infected, even though this occurred before mask-wearing became common for restaurant workers.
With this information in mind, our layout minimizes shared air between staff and guests. The floorplan for Avelo’s main dining room shows dotted lines representing 8′ high acrylic partitions. The airflow from air conditioning and heat still goes over the tops of the partitions (the ceiling is about 2′ higher than the partitions), but most particles in the air are not able to move between tables. There’s also a HEPA air purifier in each section that continuously cycles the air through a filter about 9 times per hour.
Restaurant in Guangzhou, China
Avelo floor plan