Restaurant & Cafe Fitouts · 07 Aug 2020 · by Lorna Marty

How to tweak new cafe fitouts to be COVID-19 safe in Sydney

In Sydney, café fitouts might be the furthest thing from you mind right now, but future proofing your café is going to be vital to your on-going recovery. By this we mean that the interior layout of your café needs to adapt to social distancing and the demands of your COVID-19 aware customers.

So what does this really mean for your café and what changes do you need to make before reopening fully?

Interior seating needs to be optimised

Hospitality fitouts in Sydney now need to focus on social distancing, which means no more benches, booths, sofas or bar stools. Instead, café fitouts need to focus on creative designs that maximise the use of space, whilst still enabling social distancing. This might include partitions or dividers to separate customers and flexible seating layouts that allow families to sit together, whilst providing separation from other customers.

Exterior seating should be utilised

If at all possible, hospitality fitouts should extend their creativity to exterior seating that increases the available space and promotes social distancing. Sydney rooftops and footpaths are two options that might pose interesting challenges, particularly with local councils, but they can be a practical solution for struggling cafes.

Encourage patronage with more enticing café fitouts

Revamping the interior of your café to make it more appealing to your customers has always been one of the aims of cafe fitouts in Sydney. Now, however, it’s a strategy that may be vital to the recovery of many hospitality businesses as restrictions are lifted.

Increase revenue with more take-away options

With a focus on social distancing, new cafe fitouts could refocus on takeaway services and home delivery. This strategy might help to increase revenues, as more people socially distance and self-isolate at home.

Sensor based handwashing in kitchens and bathrooms

These high-tech innovations might seem over the top, but the more no-contact options you offer your Sydney customers (and are seen to practice), the more they may gravitate to your café, rather than the competition.

The team at Liteco Projects has a strong reputation for creative hospitality fitouts and we are working full-time to help our clients in their hour of need.

Talk to Liteco Projects about your next fitout