February 11, 2021

94.9 WSJM

The Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association has announced a new partnership with BYOD to screen restaurant and hotel employees for COVID-19 and to do contact tracing. The Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association has released the following:

The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association (MRLA) has partnered with Michigan-based BYOD to provide employee health screening and contact tracing software through TEMP PROTECT™ and GUEST PROTECT™, offering value and resources to Michigan’s hospitality industry.

“We are proud to partner with BYOD™ to provide the best tools available for contact tracing,” said Justin Winslow, President & CEO of the MRLA. “As a Michigan-based company, BYOD™ leadership understands the complex environment in which restaurants and other businesses operate in our state to ensure the health and safety of customers and employees. Providing employee health screening and guest contact tracing software enables restaurant owners to effectively and securely do their part as we work toward full reintegration.”

GUEST PROTECT™ uses any smartphone with a camera to scan a QR code that is unique to the participating operator. The guest enters their name, phone number and email which then submits the encrypted data to a secure Amazon Web Services Cloud storage environment for retrieval if required by the health department. The process takes less than 20 seconds and can be completed by the guest or the operator. In the first day of use on November 3, 2020, more than 400 guests uploaded their data.

“In the restaurant business, people don’t see all the measures that are handled behind the scenes, but they have always trusted the right protocols were in place.” said Dave Dittenber, owner/founder of BYOD™. “As we operate within ‘the new normal’ and embrace more public-facing transparency, this technology shows consumers that restaurants are taking the necessary steps to create a safe dining environment.”

TEMP PROTECT™ is a mobile application that health screens staff via a five question survey and generates a QR code for location scanning. The staff member’s responses are then encrypted and stored in a secure cloud environment and accessible only to the administrator of the account. Importantly, this process provides a one-day work permit and staff must re-certify daily through the app.

MRLA and BYOD™ are currently onboarding MRLA Members to both platforms at no cost and non-members for $25 per month, per location.

To opt in or join the MRLA and take advantage of this no cost offer, visit mrla.org/byod.