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Are you going to restaurants again?
During the pandemic, many people have continued to support their local restaurants by utilizing delivery and take-out services. Have you eaten inside a restaurant, yet? What made you feel comfortable to do so?
Check out this video to hear from etiquette and health experts on how to navigate this "new normal."
- eating out
- i rarely do so at all only if my finances dictate so this situation is normal for me
Leisure & Lifestyle
Really depends upon restaurant. The chains (Bob Eva s, Cracker Barrel, Applebee’s). Seem to do better at cleaning and spacing. Private owners do not seem as vigilant. We experienced no condiments on the table at the chains and to request everything. Smaller restaurants had their out. It also depends upon which state you live in or travel through. While out in Branson all bets were off for social distances as well as cleaning.
We have eaten inside a restaurant 1x and I felt perfectly safe because the restaurant adhered to guidelines and we wore masks except when eating (obviously). The server wore a mask the entire time.
Other times we have dined at restaurants, we sat outside. Still adhered to guidelines, but I am not sure if we will be trying outside dining as the weather gets cooler!!
We've done a lot of drive through and curbside pickup and had "car picnics" where we then parked and ate in our car. Reminded me of when I was a kid and we had actual "drive-ins" like A&W where you ordered from your car and ate in your car. My 29-year-old was rather appalled at first of the idea of a "car picnic" but actually has come to like it. We've also eaten in restaurants quite a bit. A few we won't go to again because they weren't practicing good social distancing or wearing masks properly, but we do continue to patronize the ones who have their tables well spaced out and follow other safety protocols. We're not the kind to spend hours dining, so we pretty much eat and go in under an hour. I feel comfortable with the places we go to.
We go out to eat every few weeks. We go during the week when they are not so busy. The restaurants we go to have spaced seating. I had the virus in June and I was out of work for two and a half weeks, so we are careful and wear masks, but we still want some enjoyment out of life.
I think it should be up to the person. My state is WAY too open and disregards the progress we made the past 6 months. If going to a restaurant is your enjoyment be my guest, but do not say that is the only way to get enjoyment out of life. I do not know where you live or what your state does. All I know is that I get glared at in the grocery store when I wear a mask. Why you picked me to reply to when a LOT of contributors also said they don't go to restaurants is beyond me. I did not appreciate being singled out for my opinion.
My state is WAY too open and the twice a week restaurant cozy time is non-existent for me. You cannot wear a mask when eating (obviously) and I have no idea what is going on in the kitchen. I would not go to Disney Land/World either. The main thing is everyone's behavior is up to them, but I am waiting for a vaccine. Yes, I do miss my restaurants, just not worth it for me.
I am in California, and while people are fairly careful in my area, it only takes one lapse and one can be exposed to a very dangerous virus. My husband has chronic leukemia, and there just is no reason to take chances. We have take out now and then, but never eat in a restaurant or on their patio. I do go to senior hours at Costco and Trader Joe’s once or twice a month. I always wear a mask.
Yes we go out at least twice a week. We prefer eating out side when possible. If not able to we ensure that at the places we do eat at practice social distancing. That the servers wear masks
and the patrons wear their masks until seated. When we leave we always use the hand sanitizer
as well as washing our hands.
We have eaten outside a few times. I am still concerned about eating inside because most restaurants do not have HVAC system filters that are sufficient to filter out any small sized Covid virus particles (like dust) that are entrained in the air and eventually are sucked into the air return vents of the HVAC system. Unless the filters are MERV 13 or higher, the small sized entrained Covid 19 particles will pass right through the filters and will be blown back with the conditioned air into the restaurant and possibly into the faces of the unmasked eating patrons. For this very reason Gov. Cuomo of NY, in July, prohibited enclosed malls in NY from reopening unless and until they have MERV 13 filters. It does not really matter how spaced apart the diners are if there are Covid 19 virus particles circulating within the air in the restaurant. Some restaurants have installed MERV 13 filters and others have installed special placed UV lights that "kill" the Covid 19 particles entrained in the air. Other restaurants do not circulate any of the inside air but open special dampers so that all conditioned air blown into the restaurant comes only from the outside---I would be comfortable eating in any of these indoor restaurants.
Yes, we've eaten at several very nice restaurants lately. Started with some at Disney World where there are strict protocols about even getting on the property. Actually going out to a French restaurant in Orlando in a couple hours. We feel pretty safe with all the guidelines in place.
I haven't been but am an annual pass holder in Florida and so follow several FB groups. They are being very strict about mask wearing...cast members keep a close watch and are quick to ensure folks follow the rules. You must wear a mask at all times unless you are eating or drinking. And you can't walk and eat/drink, you must be stationery. They have rest areas in each park where you can remove your mask if you need a break. Social distancing is used there. Lines look long because they are using social distancing but the time in line is shorter than usual since they are limiting attendance. And they have hand washing and hand sanitizer stations everywhere. People who have been, said they felt well protected.
I have done drive thru and curbside. I am not comfortable dining in, however. I live in Wisconsin, and I just do not think it is safe.
I did eat with a friend at Red Lobster about 3 months ago. We brought chairs and a TV tray, did curbside, and ate in their parking lot under several trees, in a nice grassy spot. We social distanced, and there was a nice breeze blowing away from us.
Since inside dining opened up here even with rules and restrictions the number of cases has skyrocketed and that appears to be the cause. I haven't gone, I like to make my own food anyway. So the guidelines are even more strict here now, even requiring a customer log for id and tracing.
Yes I have. I have done drive thru and curbside many, many times. My kids took me out for Mother's Day. That was my 1st time for dining in. I have dined in many times since. I wear my mask and the people I'm with do also. There are always people who will wear a mask inside and then take it off. They never put it back on even after they have eaten and paid. I put mine back on after I have eaten. I think of it as being courteous to others and myself.
It was just within the past forty-five days or so that I purchased lunch via the drive through at a fast food establishment. Prior to that, I had been restricting myself to eating only food which I had prepared with my own hand--home cooking; that being since late February/early March. No, I have not yet ventured into a restaurant to actually sit down and eat a meal either inside or outside on a patio. And I do not feel compelled to do so. I am just not convinced it is safe...for me. So for the foreseeable future, I will continue to make home cooking my primary source of my daily meals.
Me and my wife have eaten inside restaurants and found some to be safe and in compliance with CDC guidelines.
We make sure we have on masks, take our wipes in to clean table, and wear plastic gloves to avoid touching things directly.
Some restaurants are up to par, and a few fall below standards. The Pandemic has forced society to pay attention to safety, sanitation and social distancing. These are all good things.
Lynn, Yes, we have eaten at mostly those rests. with outdoor dining, and one or two inside. We ate at those because they thinned out their seating and have allowed plenty of space between tables & seats. the wait staff all wore masks, (altho management should have reminded one or two that when your nose is sticking out, you may as well not be wearing anything at all.) But I think we will continue to mostly order on-line & get carry-out after cold weather shuts us out of the outdoor dining, and until the vaccines become available-hopefully before the end of the year! Thx, IndyMo
No one knows how this virus will affect them if they should get it, you cud survive it with no issues at all, you cud develop serious symptoms & be sick for a while or you cud die from it, it's better to be safe than sorry bcuz you don't know how it will affect you, the virus is real, good luck to you tho
If I had a problem with going out to eat, that's simple I'd just stay home but for others to dictate to me not to, is wrong in a free country. Make your own choice and live with it. I have a real problem with others trying to tell me how I should live which seems like there's no shortage of.
Yes live the way you feel comfortable, the virus is real and over 200K ppl know that, we don't know how it will affect us if we shd get it, it's a chance we're talking everyday now when we go out, I eat out, I choose to go when they first open and not as many ppl
This is more political than virus. We do not live in fear. The restaurants are safe.
You are so wrong in that analysis.
Dr. Fauci, when asked if he would eat IN a restaurant at this time, answered ABSOLUTELY NOT.
He is the scientist that knows best the danger of this virus.
Science, not politics, says don't gather in groups.
I support our family run restaurants by getting take out, leaving extra tip money, and encouraging others to do the same.
But you wouldn't catch me IN a restaurant.
TOO, TOO DANGEROUS!!!!