ATLANTA, GA: The Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA), working with Atlanta-based digital learning company MLevel, is offering THRIVE Georgia – a training program that allows businesses with up to 500 employees in the Georgia restaurant sector to educate their employees virtually on the latest state regulations to ensure they are compliant and safe.
THRIVE Georgia courses cover dining room configuration and layout; employee safety; and environmental safety and sanitation, ensuring employees understand what is expected of them and to keep themselves and their colleagues safe.
For 10 weeks, restaurants will have access to complimentary training, developed in collaboration with various restaurant and legal partners, and the powerful analytics on the MLevel platform. The goal of the training is to quickly achieve content mastery and for everyone in the restaurant to feel better prepared to get back to business. Updates to content will be made in real-time as Georgia regulations evolve with the nature of the pandemic.
Georgia Gov. Brian P. Kemp signed an order, effective June 16, 2020, relaxing some restrictions on restaurants. In restaurants and dining rooms, there is no longer a party maximum for the number of people who can sit together, according to the governor’s office. There is no longer a limit on the number of patrons allowed per square foot. Workers at restaurants, dining rooms, banquet facilities, private event facilities, and private reception venues are only required to wear face coverings when they are interacting with patrons. In a bar, now you can have fifty people – up from twenty-five – or thirty-five percent of total listed fire capacity, whichever is greater. For salad bars and buffets, a worker can use cafeteria-style service to serve patrons or the establishment can provide hand sanitizer, install a sneeze guard, enforce social distancing, and regularly replace shared utensils to allow patron self-service.
“Safety is and has always been our industry’s number one priority. It is a critical time for restaurants to do everything they can to elevate customer confidence, including employee education,” said GRA CEO Karen Bremer. “The THRIVE Georgia COVID-19 mitigation training program perfectly aligns with Governor Kemp’s latest executive order, and will continue to be updated as regulations change. This is an opportunity I hope every restaurant in Georgia takes advantage of.”
To apply, businesses simply need to visit the THRIVE Georgia website and fill out the waiver and information form. Once submitted, applicants will receive their login credentials within two business days from the MLevel team. Upon competition, restaurants will receive a THRIVE Georgia certificate to display in the restaurant.
“We are excited to be able to partner with the Georgia Restaurant Association and help our fellow small business owners reopen. We want to provide confidence to our fellow community members in Georgia so they can return to enjoying the pleasure of eating out and support our local businesses,” said MLevel CEO Jordan Fladell.
About MLevel: MLevel is an industry leading, digital learning platform based in Atlanta. Utilizing microlearning and gamification backed by powerful analytics, they empower their clients and learners to achieve job mastery. Learn more at www.mlevel.com.
About the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA): The GRA’s mission is to serve as the voice for Georgia’s Restaurants in Advocacy, Education and Awareness. The GRA is sanctioned by the National Restaurant Association (NRA) to operate Georgia’s only not-for-profit representing the state’s foodservice industry. From large chains to start-ups, the GRA helps make Georgia a better place for restaurants to do business and helps make restaurants better for Georgia. For more information, visit www.garestaurants.org.
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