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4 Things You Can Do To Avoid Getting COVID-19 While Eating Out
After months of being closed to patrons, restaurants and bars across the U.S. are reopening and allowing foodies to dine in. Coronavirus cases are still on the rise and eating out increases your risk of contracting the disease.
We’ve been told repeatedly by the CDC and government officials that the best way to stay healthy is by practicing social distancing, washing our hands, and wearing masks — eating out in restaurants will make these precautions harder than usual to practice. Eating your favorite dish from your favorite restaurant can be a difficult task while wearing a mask and ensuring you’re a safe distance from servers and other patrons present a challenge.
However, if you do choose to dine in at your favorite spot again, there are a few things you can do to ensure you and your loved ones stay safe.
Being in small spaces with fans or air conditioners can spread particles up to 30 feet if someone sneezes or coughs — even talking has been shown to generate droplets, according to CNN Travel.
Eating out in confined spaces puts you at greater risk for contracting the virus and it’s best to choose restaurants with sufficient spacing between tables.
When entering the restaurant, it’s important to ensure the table and chairs were disinfected before you are seated. Choosing a restaurant with disposable or plastic menus, which can be sanitized, is a great idea to avoid contamination.
Luckily, getting the virus from food is not something you should worry about. Even if your meal was contaminated with COVID-19 while being prepared, the high temperature during cooking will kill most of the virus.
Chefs and staff members handling food should wear a mask to reduce contamination.
While many of us miss dining in at our favorite food spots, ordering carryout is still the safest option. This way, you can still show financial support to the restaurants you love without putting yourself and others at risk.