With many countries opening up their public spaces after a year-long lockdown, the most occupied places will be bars, coffee houses, and restaurants. Dining out is something that caters to many occasions like birthdays, weddings, dating, or just casual talk over a cup of coffee. That is why these are the most visited places. However, during the pandemic, a lot has changed for public places. Keep in mind that you might feel a few of those changes while dining out at your favorite restaurant. Blame the pandemic!
Some of the expected changes are discussed below which need to be considered and be dealt with patience to encourage these small business owners as they have been struggling too during this crisis.
- Are you vaccinated?
Some governments are planning to check customers’ vaccine confirmation cards to allow them to enter public places like restaurants. Although this has not been fully decided or implemented, it can be expected in near future. So, get vaccinated if you want to enjoy your favorite outdoor activities.
- There might be limited space
Due to social distancing, the restaurants, especially the indoor ones, have halved the space for the customers. Although this is for their own good, however, it might seem right to avoid such places if you are planning a big family dinner as limited space and lined up customers might disappoint you.
- There might be a long line of those waiting
As everyone is desperate to dine out at their favorite restaurants after a long break, these places might be quite crowded than expected. Be prepared to spend a limited time there so that others could also enjoy it by taking turns.
- The staff might be less
Due to the pandemic, many restaurants and food places have either fired the staff or lessened them amidst the closed businesses. However, due to limited staff, your food might be delayed in being served or there can be events of mismanagement. Don’t panic or lose patience, the business owners are also trying hard to treat you well despite limited resources.
- The staff might be over-worked
Due to emergencies, the staff is called into work overtime. This makes them exhausted. Understand that they are humans too and are trying their best to serve amidst limited resources. Try to make things easier for them by being polite and handing over a generous tip. This can encourage them (mostly young waiters/workers) to be more attentive.
- Some of your favorite food/drink items might not be available
Due to the factories being closed and delayed deliveries to the business owners, there might be a dearth of some of the regularly served items. There might be fewer drinks or food items on the menu than you expected. Don’t be disappointed if this happens; understand the struggle of the restaurant owners too. In fact, ordering something available and enjoying the atmosphere (or open-air) more than the food choice itself might help for a change.
In times like these, everything seems topsy-turvy. However, people are trying hard to normalize the situation and return to the pre-pandemic times although it seems like a distant dream now. Despite this, people like to dine out like “old times” and have fun drinking and eating together with friends and family. Let’s make this possible by ensuring safety through vaccines and respecting the staff that is serving us.