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13 Photos That Show the “New Normal” of Restaurants

New regulations have led to restaurant dining looking much different from what we're used to.

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Masked waitressANDRESR/GETTY IMAGES


As cities have started reopening, many restaurants have begun allowing patrons to dine-in once again. However, this doesn’t mean going out to eat at your favorite spot looks like it used to. In fact, eating out comes with a lot of new rules and regulations these days. Here are 13 photos that show the “new normal” of restaurants. Make sure you’re also aware of the things you shouldn’t do at the newly reopened restaurants.

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A restaurant worker in a face mask and gloves serving saladANADOLU AGENCY/GETTY IMAGES

A restaurant worker in a face mask and gloves serving salad

New health and safety guidelines have been implemented in restaurants all over the world to prevent the spread of the virus. Retailers are hopping on the new rules, too, like Costco and Walmart. Speaking of guidelines, how often can you wear reusable masks between washing?

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People lining up in front of a newly reopened restaurantMASKOT/GETTY IMAGES

People lining up in front of a newly reopened restaurant

Most restaurants are operating at limited or reduced capacity. That also means employees at restaurants and retailers alike have to monitor crowds and allow customers in one at a time. Still, it’s a small price to pay for indulging in a night out.

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Kitchen staff making food in their masksJEENAH MOON/GETTY IMAGES

Kitchen staff making food in their masks

If you disregard the masks, it’s business as usual, though in some establishments, workers are required to remain at least six feet apart as often as possible. That goes for servers when approaching a table, too. Here are some habits servers don’t like.

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Customers ordering drinks to-go at an outdoor barJEENAH MOON/GETTY IMAGES

Customers ordering drinks to-go at an outdoor bar

Restaurants have been getting creative with their outdoor space to adjust to the pandemic. Plenty of local restaurants have also begun leaning on delivery, even reducing or eliminating the delivery fee. (While we’re on the topic, don’t be afraid to order from your local restaurants!)

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A waiter in a newly reopened restaurant serving guestsDAVID LIVINGSTON/GETTY IMAGES

A waiter in a newly reopened restaurant serving guests

Both the guests and the employee are wearing face coverings. Face shields are a little more breathable than masks, and in some restaurants, servers even use wooden boards to keep their distance from customers. Here’s how restaurants will change after quarantine.

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A woman is buying take-out from a restaurantMICHAEL TULLBERG/GETTY IMAGES

A woman is buying take-out from a restaurant

Even if they haven’t fully reopened, some restaurants have been offering take-out options. All you have to do is call ahead or order via your mobile device, and your order will be waiting for you at the door (so you don’t have to sacrifice your cheat days).

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Three women are having dinner at a reopened restaurantEmanuele Cremaschi/Getty Images

Three women are having dinner at a reopened restaurant

If you can ignore the masks, it almost looks like old times. There’s no shame in heading out to lunch with friends, as long as you all respect social distancing etiquette and don’t show any symptoms.

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People waiting in line to orderNURPHOTO/GETTY IMAGES

People waiting in line to order

Take-out options have been more popular than ever in the last few months, as shoppers aren’t too keen on heading into grocery stores. Speaking of, you can always shop from your couch, thanks to these grocery delivery services from your favorite retailers.

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In a restaurant in Bali, an employee is disinfecting the tablesNURPHOTO/GETTY IMAGES

In a restaurant in Bali, an employee is disinfecting the tables

Restaurants are taking every precaution to keep everything extra clean. That means ramping up the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting, as well as having employees take mandatory temperature checks before clocking in for their shifts.

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A restaurant worker hanging a reopening sign on the doorLEOPATRIZI/GETTY IMAGES

A restaurant worker hanging a reopening sign on the door

The sign encourages customers to practice social distancing, and you may have noticed quite a few of these popping up across the country. Restaurants, grocery stores and even gas stations post reminders to keep your distance and wear a mask. If you don’t have one, here’s how to make a face mask from things you might find in your home.

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A barista waiting for customers behind the counterANDRESR/GETTY IMAGES

A barista waiting for customers behind the counter

There are not that many people going into coffee shops these days. Luckily, plenty of coffee chains allow carry-out and drive-through options, as well as delivery, so you never have to go without your morning pick-me-up.

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A carry-out only restaurantRICHLEGG/GETTY IMAGES

A carry-out only restaurant

Some restaurants chose not to open for dine-in options, though this isn’t the case for all restaurants. Some dining rooms have restricted every other chair to ensure diners don’t sit too closely together. Here’s how to know if a restaurant should be open, according to the CDC.

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A bartender pouring a drink behind a barLEOPATRIZI/GETTY IMAGES

A bartender pouring a drink behind a bar

Just like restaurants, bars have also started reopening, so you can enjoy a socially distant night out with a couple of friends. While it’s not all back to normal, heading out to a bar feels like a luxury these days that we just can’t pass up on.

Originally Published on Reader's Digest

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