Coronavirus (COVID-19) and dining out

We know the Government is encouraging “social distancing” and we want to limit the Coronavirus spread, but we also want to keep people employed and help the economy where possible.

According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) based in the USA, “Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food.” 

We are continuing to dine out, but taking precautionary measures, so here[s some tips for you too.

** Note – If you’re not healthy, regardless of the corona virus, then you should probably stay home. Delivery would be best for the sick and elderly if you’re not up to cooking.

** Note – If a place has been on the poor hygiene lists and you’ve always thought a place wasn’t up to scratch, probably avoid. Your “‘çheap and cheerful” may be one to put on the backburner for now.

1. Firstly, if you have any Corona symptoms don’t go out.

2. Drive to the restaurant. This limits contact with multiple people in the community.

3. Avoid peak hours and select a small or quiet restaurant with plenty of space. Don’t go somewhere where the tables are practically on top of each other.

4. Opt for individual tables and avoid communal dining

5. Order your own meal and don’t share

6. Use hand sanitizer before dining

7. Always use cutlery and not fingers, avoid finger food.

8. Steer clear of communal condiments. Don’t go for the salt flakes on the table or sugar bowls. Ask the barista to add your sugar.

9. Order your coffee in take away cup. Short term measures for now and back to focusing on the environment later.

10. Take your own water bottle and avoid table water.

11. Pay using tap and pay on your device and avoid exchanging of cash

12. Do not have a bender on the drinks, you will forget the above.

** https://dc.eater.com/2020/3/13/21177563/dc-restaurants-combat-coronavirus-concerns-precautionary-measures-cleaning-gloves-doormen-delivery

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