Get ready to check your temperature if you want to eat at Sichuan Impression in Orange County or one of its sister restaurants in Alhambra and West Los Angeles.
Restaurant owner Lilly Lei began checking customer temperatures at the door with a portable infrared thermometer in late January in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
But customers are not alone in having to check the temperature. Employees are scanned twice a day and sent back home if their temperatures are abnormal.
The owner has friends and relatives in China and has seen how business has been affected, which has prompted her to act now.
In late January, the owner informed his customers of the protocol on the restaurant’s Instagram page. The post said it will start using an infrared thermometer on all customers who wish to eat in Sichuan Impression as a prevention and control measure.
What may seem like an overly precautionary step is going well with customers.
“They monitor everyone who comes here and I think it’s helpful to avoid spreading the virus,” said restaurant customer Kim Nguyen.
The owner stated that he had not received any refoulement from customers or his employees.
“I think it’s a good idea because it makes people feel like the restaurant is taking care of them and making them responsible for not letting people with possible symptoms inside the restaurant,” said James Qian, a restaurant customer. .
This is not the only precaution that the restaurant has applied. Workers disinfect dirty dishes before removing them from the table, put on gloves while packing takeaway orders and cleaning chairs.
None of his employees got sick.