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“Dining Out” at a Distance: 4 Helpful Tips

“Dining Out” at a Distance: 4 Helpful Tips

May 01, 2020

This blog was posted on May 1st. Because the situation surrounding COVID-19 is constantly evolving, some information may not be up to date. Stay informed by visiting the CDC website.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many things about our daily lives have changed. However, as of May 1, Texas is undergoing a tiered plan to reopen businesses. However, restaurants and other venues need to follow certain protocols, such as only operating at 25% capacity. Here are our tips for dining out as everything begins to open.

In many areas, restaurants and fast food establishments have closed their dining-in services but continue to have delivery, take out, and drive-through menus. If you choose to use one of these options, consider the following to keep yourself safe.

  1. Maintain distance from people. If you’re waiting in a line to pick up food, keep as much space between each other as possible. Since businesses are only allowed to operate at 25% capacity, it will be much easier to maintain a distance of at least six feet from other patrons.
  2. Wash your hands before and after. We’re still learning how coronavirus spreads, and while it’s unlikely that touching a contaminated surface will put you or others at risk, it is a possibility. Wash your hands before interacting with others, before and after eating, and after you leave to ensure the virus does not have the chance to spread.
  3. Wear a mask when not eating. It can stop the spread of germs by adding an extra barrier.
  4. Use a credit or debit card. Cash is handled by more people, giving it a greater risk of contamination. Use your credit or debit card to limit the germs you are exposed to and could spread.
  5. Still consider a delivery service.If you’re concerned about the spread of COVID-19, you can still support local businesses and help flatten the curve by ordering delivery.

Fearful of food in general? According to the CDC, it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, but taking the precautions above can help your family stay safe during this time and limit the spread of novel coronavirus. If you have any questions about safe behaviors, talk to the team at CHI St. Luke’s Health. We’re here to help you with expert advice and compassionate care.

Sources:
CDC | Coronavirus FAQs
Here’s what you need to know about dining out in the age of coronavirus
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