After being in lockdown for the past several months due to COVID-19, nothing can be more exciting than having the opportunity to dine out again. No matter if you are going to your favorite Italian restaurant or just heading to your local pub, you still need to be careful where you visit, and how you handle yourself, as the threat of contracting the virus is still present.
Dining out can still be an enjoyable and safe experience, as long as you take a few precautions.
1. Take Safety Precautions
The standard safety precautions you would observe when you are in any public place should still be adhered to while you are at a restaurant. Wear a mask, maintain a proper distance from other visitors, ensure you wash your hands well, and use hand sanitizer after touching exposed surfaces, such as doorknobs. The only difference is, that you can remove your mask while seated at your table, but once you get up you should put your mask back on.
2. Eat Outdoors
When you arrive at your restaurant of choice, ask to be seated outdoors, if possible. The possibility of coronavirus spreading is much higher in an enclosed environment. Eating outdoors provides you with fresh air, and chances are there are fewer surfaces for the virus to rest on. As it cools down, many restaurants have brought in heaters to keep their outdoor spaces comfortable for their guests.
3. Choose Local
When choosing a spot to dine out at, think local first. Chances are the other patrons of the restaurant are also from your community. These are the same individuals you would cross paths with at your local grocery store or coffee shop. This reduces the risk of the COVID-19 virus being spread across different communities and cities.
4. Practice Self-Restraint
Regardless of the level of hygiene and sanitation observed by the staff at the restaurant, you should try to avoid touching multiple surfaces such as handrails, chairs, doorknobs, and opt for the touchless menu option, if available. Have your mask on when you enter or exit the restaurant or whenever you get up from your table, i.e. to go to the bathroom. And try not to touch your face with your hands.
5. Avoid Peak Times
Take note of peak times at the location you are looking to attend and try to avoid visiting at such times. Dining at 7:00 PM is enticing, but the chances are others will have the same thought. Even with tables distanced apart, and a maximum number of 50 guests allowed in a restaurant at a given time, there is still a higher risk when there are more people around.
Taking some basic precautions when you are out, will ensure that your dining experience is not only fun but safe as well. Saluti!