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Eating out amidst Covid-19? Make sure you take care of these 5 things

Published on:5 August 2021, 08:00am IST
Restaurants and cafes are opening up amidst the Covid-19 pandemic but you must observe these precautions to keep yourself safe.
Grace Bains
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We’ve gotta get used to the new normal! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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While the threat of being infected by Covid-19 is very much prevalent, the world is slowly unlocking, and opening up to the prospects of venturing out to dine. More and more restaurants are permitting their patrons and regulars to visit and enjoy their favourite delicacies.

Although staying at home is the practical way to go, in case you decide to eat out, then certain tips and precautions may come in handy.

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Getting used to the new normal is important. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Here are some precautions that you can take

Before making a reservation or heading to your favourite restaurant, keep the following tips in mind:

1. Research about the restaurant: Try to research the restaurant’s safety and hygiene practices. Look up literature, reviews, and photos on how employees are handling the food, are they wearing face masks, whether the high-touch surfaces are being regularly disinfected, are the tables are being placed keeping in mind the social distancing norms, and if the employees are practising social distancing.

2. Mask up: Wear a facemask at all times, except for when you are about to eat. Be it when waiting for the food, or when the waiter comes to serve it, masking up will help you prevent being infected, and further transmitting the virus.

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Wear a mask when you step out, even if you’re vaccinated. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Physical distancing: Ensure that you are avoiding close contact with other people by staying at least 6 feet apart. The seating arrangement should be in a way that allows for spacing between two people, and the tables as well. The waiters should also be requested to maintain physical distancing when serving the food.

4. Wash your hands: Remember to constantly wash or sanitize your hands, besides avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Additionally, avoid touching surfaces as much as possible, be it the table, or the credit card machine (pay in advance or use contactless payment methods), handrails, restroom surfaces, chairs, or elevator buttons. In case, you cannot avoid touching these surfaces, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or rub your hands with a sanitiser containing at least 60 per cent alcohol immediately after coming in contact with a surface.

5. Avoid overcrowding: Going out with a lot of people may not be such a great idea. Try to choose a smaller group of people, especially the ones who have been fully vaccinated or have undergone quarantine. These measures will help reduce the risk of getting infected and also minimize the chances of transmitting the virus to other diners and restaurant staff.

Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from Covid-19. However, if you must eat out, then do consider these tips to protect yourself, and the ones around you.

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Grace is someone who likes writing enough to make a living out of it. When she isn’t writing, you will find her having chai and reading a book.