Dining out is a favorite pastime for many — a way to catch up with family and friends, unwind, celebrate, or even just an excuse not to cook.
If you’re ready to head out to restaurants again, the most important things to remember when it comes to transmission are “time, space, people, place.” That is what William Miller, M.D., an epidemiologist at Ohio State University, told NPR. This means your risk for getting the virus increases when you spend a lot of time in a closed space with many people. Outdoor dining is better than indoor options.
Here are some general tips when dining out:
Stay six feet apart – Opt for restaurants that have tables set six feet apart and keep six feet away from other diners.
Wash your hands – Wash your hands well and often, especially before eating. If you touch the menu, table and chairs, wash your hands before digging into the bread.
Choose outside over inside – If the weather is nice and you can sit outside, it’s always the better option. Emily Landon, M.D., a hospital epidemiologist and infectious disease specialist at the University of Chicago Medicine, advised NPR readers to “always choose outdoors over indoor, always choose masking over not masking and always choose more space for fewer people over a smaller space.”