Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Tips for enjoying outdoor dining safely and respectfully

Yes! Restaurant patios are open at 50% capacity. This is a new world though. You’re most likely going to a restaurant that threw together a patio in hopes of making some money. The building was not designed for this. They are trying their best, but everything may not be perfect. Eating in the streets is fun but it’s going to be hard on the employees. They have to wear a mask and gloves no matter how hot and go possibly a few hundred feet to get more water. They are going to be hot, sweaty and most likely overwhelmed because these restaurants are not set up for this. Please help your servers in this journey by doing the following:

Don’t run your server. Try your best to ask for everything you need at once. Remember it’s going to be a long walk from the street into the building for more water or anything else. Help them out by asking all at once.

No mask jokes or your views on them. The server has to wear it. They have no choice and really your opinion of them while you’re eating not wearing one means nothing to them.

The server is wearing the mask to protect you and you have nothing on to protect them. Wash your hands.

You eat. You go. Eat your meal. Have some drinks but please do not sit at a table all night unless you continue to spend money. These restaurants are working with very limited space. They can’t afford for you to order two side salads and water and sit there for hours. Yes people do do that. All the time.

Don’t come out if you’re sick.

Keep your kids at the table. Yes, they’re cute but if they are running around they are getting too close to other people.

Be kind.  Everything may be a bit slow because this is basically a new job for everyone. Tip. Servers are going to be sweating wearing masks all to make a buck. Please treat them right and leave a decent tip. If you can’t afford to tip, you can’t afford to go out.

Be pleasant. You should be happy. You’re finally out.

Remember you have three meals a day every day of your life. This is only one of them. Calm down and enjoy it!

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