As businesses reopen, look around to be sure they take steps to prevent spread of coronavirus

Posted October 2, 2020 12:59 a.m. EDT
Updated October 2, 2020 7:33 a.m. EDT

— As North Carolina moves into the next phase of reopening, businesses must convince potential customers that they have sanitized and deep-cleaned.

Experts say an observant visitor can detect the signs a business it taking steps to combat possible coronavirus exposure.

When you step inside a restaurant, you can tell how clean it is by reading the fine print or the sanitation rating on the wall. But for entertainment venues, stores and theaters, that may be a little more difficult.

"If there are cracks and you see residues of black spots or mold, something like that, it tells you a little bit about the place in general," said Mo Odeh, a disinfecting expert.

Don Brinkley, president of a commercial cleaning business called Anago of Triangle, said that you can usually tell how clean a place is by just looking around.

"You can’t disinfect dirt. If there is a build-up in any way, it would be suspect," said Brinkley. "You can spray disinfectant on dirt all day. It just won’t be effective."

Count on Me NC is a mutual pledge and public health initiative that a collection of businesses in North Carolina took to ensure the safety of customers. Part of taking that pledge included classes educating business owners on how to disinfect their business. Those taking the pledge were studios, spas, venues and restaurants like Tombo Ramen.

"We thought it was a great program," Tom Mukoyama of Tombo Ramen said. "We wanted to reassure the public that we are doing the right thing and that we are safe and following proper procedures."

Experts say that some businesses will post the last time the building has been disinfected or you might see Count on Me stickers in windows.

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