JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Coffee aficionados keen to hit coffeehouses for a leisurely cup of joe can take heart, as cafes in Jakarta start to open their doors in the New Normal phase of the government’s struggle against Covid-19.
While café goers savor an espresso or latte, they are still subject to New Normal health protocols. Their procedures vary, with the one constant being the use of masks.
Local coffee franchise Kopi Kenangan has pulled out all stops to safeguard their staff and customers alike. “We are erecting acrylic glass barriers to safeguard our customers and staff alike within one or two weeks,” said Kopi Kenangan CEO Edward Tirtanata.
“The barrier will limit direct interactions between our staff and customers. All baristas are required to use face shields, masks, and gloves. They will also use UV sterilizers typically used to clean baby items three times a day to make them bacteria free.”
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The barriers did not just go up between customers and baristas. “We also put up the acrylic glass between customers.”
If you sit at a table, an acrylic barrier stands between you and the person you share the table with,” said Edward of his franchise, which won coffee lovers over with their iced coffees.
“We will also open at 50-percent capacity to maintain social distancing protocols. That includes putting X’s on tables and chairs to indicate them as off limits.”