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July 23, 2020

Dining Out During a Pandemic

Although I still haven't dined out, with the exception of a media dinner, I have been on the opposite end of a private dinner, in which I was responsible for making sure all federal, state, and county guidelines were adhered to in regards to the pandemic procedures during a recent private dinner with Na`au.

It was quite an experience for the team and I to wear masks all day, and we went through countless pairs of gloves, cleaners, and sanitizing wipes.

We did what we could to minimize contact between server and guest - we left chilled water bottles at each table so guests could pour their own; we developed a new video series so guests could watch videos about each dish on provided tablets or their own phones versus the server or chef coming out to give a spiel for each dish.

I took all staff and guest temperatures, sanitized high-frequency touch spots hourly (door handles, light switches, faucets, etc.), provided bags for guests to put their masks in while not in use (vs them just leaving it on the table), sanitized tables and chairs, and provided touchless sanitizer dispensers for guest use.

I was already a germaphobe before the pandemic started, so it was second nature for me to do all these things, and I actually appreciate the guidelines.

A lot of the new procedures we implemented may remain even once guidelines and restrictions are eased, as I feel that we now must operate in this new normal. 

One of the biggest challenges, however, is finding a supply of gloves, cleaners, and sanitizers, as they are in extremely high demand.

If you've dined out, what procedures have you seen implemented that made you feel safe?

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