Masks, gloves, plexiglass barriers, limited capacity and even expensive air filtration systems become the new normal for dine-in service…
Socially distant dining: Here’s how reopened restaurants are updating operations….
By Lisa Jennings, shared courtesy of NRN.com
At three Smokey Bones restaurants in Georgia, both servers and kitchen line workers now wear face masks. Tables are spaced at least six feet part, and only 10 guests per 500-square-feet of space are permitted at one time in each restaurant. The limited food options are printed on disposable menus for one-time use, and utensils are disposable and come to the table pre-packaged.
At an Applebee’s in Tennessee, restaurant workers wear masks and gloves. Guests were directed in the parking lot to avoid congregating, and the chain planned to allow customers to order and pay on their own mobile devices.
At Chili’s in Texas, workers are checked for fever and quizzed about possible exposure to coronavirus before shifts.
This, at least for the near future, is expected to be the new operational normal as states phase in their back-to-business plans for full-service restaurant dining.
Many restaurant operators across the industry argued that the states that lifted restrictions at the end of April — including Alaska, Georgia and Tennessee — did so too soon and were potentially putting their workers and guests in harm’s way….
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