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1. The AC Must Be Running While Doors and Windows Are Open
Florida’s Miami-Dade County will resume dine-in services next week. Capacity limits are set at 50%, but there’s another county-wide mandate that restaurants have to follow. All windows and doors are to remain open at all times, with the air conditioners running constantly. The reason behind this seemingly bizarre rule is the fact that coronavirus is airborne and more infectious in enclosed, poorly ventilated spaces. By increasing air circulation in dining rooms, patrons are less likely to infect each other.
2. Masks Must Be Worn at the Table
The same county in Florida also has some pretty strict mask-wearing rules. Not only are patrons expected to wear masks in restaurants, but they can’t remove them even once they’re seated at the table, like in most states. Masks can come off only once something is served, like a glass of water. If you’re dining in this part of Florida, keep in mind that disobeying this rule could set you back $500.
3. Masks Must Be Worn When Picking Up Takeout
A similar enforcement of stricter mask regulations is in place in Illinois. The Midwestern state is the first one to require that patrons keep their faces covered while interacting with restaurant staff in any capacity—whether placing their order at the table or picking up takeout. Governor Jay Pritzker noted that restaurants are expected to enforce this rule as much as patrons are expected to follow it.
4. Parties of Four or Less Only
Philadelphia’s dining rooms are set to reopen on September 8. Not only will the occupancy be limited to 25% of total capacity, but restaurants will not be allowed to seat more than four people at a table. The measure is intended to discourage large groups from socializing, especially if they’re from different households.
Article by Mura Dominko for Eat This, Not That!