Since the pandemic, a lot of us have thought a lot about being safe when we are out and about. Some of us are a bit more nervous about it than others, and if you are concerned if your favorite place to eat is safe or not, here are some things you can do to make sure things are good to go.
Know the Restaurant - If it's your favorite place, you probably know about just about everything there! You may even know if they are following CDC guidelines. But, if you are unsure about the place you want to go, do some research first. Check the internet to see if they have anything on their website about their hours, or other rules that you may have to be aware of. Also, ask around about how they are doing since the pandemic; word of mouth about how they are operating now means a lot.
Check Things Out - So you want to be more spontaneous, or you are in another town and really don't have time to find out all of those details, or let's say you get to a recommended place, how can you know it's as safe as it can be? There are a few things you can check when you are there. Do the tables appear to be clean? Are their menus clean? You can also check out the restroom to see if it is not only clean, but, has ample soap and drying towels or blowers supplied. You can't be sure about every little germ, however, in general whatever you CAN see there is probably way more things you CAN'T see, so if it's dirty and not well kept when you walk in the door, then, chances are it's not so clean behind the scenes.
Safe Servers - During a pandemic, your server should be wearing a mask, but, what if after the pandemic things go back to no masks? How do you know if your server is safe? You can't know every germ they may have, but, you can look at their hands and see if their hands and fingernails are clean or not. Germs are invisible, so, you can't know for sure how clean and sanitized they are, but, if you see noticeable dirt and grime, well, then "get outta dodge" as they say!
Socially Acceptable - One other thing that will really help is to be sure you can socially distance in the restaurant. One easy rule of thumb is not to go during the restaurant's busiest hours. This should allow for more space between customers. Also, just check out how the place is set up. Is there a lot of people milling around in the entrance without much space? Has the restaurant taken precautions to be sure all of their patrons are safe while they dine? Maybe if the weather is nice, dining outside might be the best choice.
These are all just suggestions to follow when you are deciding if a restaurant is safe for you or not. Of course, you need to decide what is best for you and your family when you are deciding on where to dine. One other piece of advice: If you want more details about your favorite restaurant, you can always give them a call and ask the questions that mean the most to you. Most places are happy to let you know what they are doing for their customers' safety and welcome your questions!