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“Dining Out” at a Distance: 4 Helpful Tips

“Dining Out” at a Distance: 4 Helpful Tips

Mar 23, 2020

This blog was posted on March 23rd. Because the situation surrounding COVID-19 is constantly evolving, some information may not be up to date. Stay informed by visiting the CDC website.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many things about our daily lives have changed. With preventive measures encouraged by health and government officials alike, you’re probably spending most of your time at home and making more meals from scratch. But what if you want to take a break from cooking and pick up food from your local favorite restaurant? Here are our tips for “dining out” at home in the era of social distancing.

In many areas, restaurants and fast food establishments have closed their dining-in services but continue to have delivery, take out, and drive-through menus. If you choose to use one of these options, consider the following to keep yourself safe.

  1. Maintain distance from people. If you’re waiting in a line to pick up food, keep as much space between each other as possible. If delivery or curbside pickup is available, even better!
  2. Wash your hands before and after. We’re still learning how coronavirus spreads, and while it’s unlikely that touching a contaminated surface will put you or others at risk, it is a possibility. Wash your hands before interacting with others and after you leave to ensure the virus does not have this chance to spread.
  3. Use a credit or debit card.Cash is handled by more people, giving it a greater risk of contamination. Use your credit or debit card to limit the germs you are exposed to and could spread.
  4. Consider a delivery service. Many of these companies are now offering contactless delivery, which provides the benefit of no person-to-person interaction at all. Even if you are interacting with a delivery person, this service limits the total number of people you are around, which is the best way we know to stop the virus’s spread.

Fearful of food in general? According to the CDC, it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, but taking the precautions above can help your family stay safe during this time and limit the spread of novel coronavirus. If you have any questions about safe behaviors, talk to the team at CHI St. Luke’s Health. We’re here to help you with expert advice and compassionate care.

Sources:
CDC | Coronavirus FAQs
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