There are a variety of different ways in which restaurants are implementing socially distant dining into their operations. After all, people are aching to go back to restaurants, but just because we are tired of the virus it doesn’t mean that we are done with it. As dine-in establishments start to reopen, it’s important to keep in mind that the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise. If you wish to slowly resume your regular habits and visit restaurants, here are some things that you should keep in mind. This way, you can keep yourself and the restaurant workers safe.
How Does Socially Distant Dining Work?
First of all, most restaurants are not operating at full capacity. Most of them are operating at a quarter, at most half capacity in the interest of crowd control. This is why you will find most restaurants somewhat empty as they reopen. Be sure to wear a mask when you are not eating and, most importantly, when addressing those who work in the restaurant. Practice the usual courtesy when you take your mask off. That’s to say, cover your mouth with your elbow when sneezing or coughing. Lastly, be polite to everyone in the restaurant. Servers are essentially risking their lives in order to serve you, so be kind, thank them, and tip well. It’s always good to acknowledge your position of privilege and to appreciate the work others do for you.
Consider Staying Home
Of course, just because dine-in restaurants are opening back up, it doesn’t mean that you have to go eat out. Of course, it’s nice to go out to a restaurant, but it’s probably not recommended that you go to eat out repeatedly. Instead, consider making further use of available takeout and delivery options. That’s not to say that you should just avoid eating at restaurants, but you should still exercise caution. Remember that the virus is still out there and that there are still ways to minimize exposure.