Some restaurants opening with big changes
As some restaurants reopen in your city they will look a lot different then they did before the pandemic. Here are some changes you might run into and things establishments might do for a safer experience
Limited contact between waitstaff and guests. Where face coverings are not mandated, owners might consider requiring waitstaff to wear face coverings (as recommended by the CDC) if they have direct contact with guests.
Updated floor plans for common dining areas, redesigning seating arrangements to ensure at least six feet of separation between table setups. Some restaurants might limit party size at tables.
Physical barriers such as partitions or Plexiglas barriers at registers.
Limits to guests congregating in waiting areas or bar areas. You may notice floor markings, outdoor distancing or waiting in cars.
Mobile ordering and menu tablets; text on arrival for seating; contactless payment options.
Signage at the entrance that states that no one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19 is to be permitted in the restaurant.
Any social distancing measures based on square footage should take into account service areas as well as guest areas.
Source: National Restaurant Association; Tribune News Service