Safe Dining Tips

Below are a few tips for staying safe while dining out. As guidelines continue to change, please keep yourself informed on CDC updates.

Check COVID-19 prevention practices before you go out

If you’re planning on dining out, check the restaurant’s website and social media accounts for updated information on COVID-19 safety protocols. If information is unavailable online, call the restaurant and ask questions about sanitation measures and steps staff are taking to stay safe (wearing masks, maintaining social distance). When at the restaurant, ask if they have disposable menus or a QR code to read the menu on your phone.

Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth

Wear a mask as much as possible when you’re not eating or drinking. This includes when entering the restaurant, being shown to table, getting up to use the bathroom, waiting for your meal, and leaving. For information on CDC recommended masks, visit here.

Practice Proper Social Distancing

Sit outdoors if possible and make sure the tables are at least six feet apart or have dividers. If you’re dining with people not living with you, try to maintain proper distance from them. When waiting for the bathroom or to be seated, maintain six feet apart from people.

BYOB - Bring Your Own Blanket

In the winter months, consider bringing your own blanket and hand warmers to stay warm while eating outside. Dress appropriately and wear coats, hats, and scarves. 

When possible, order dishes that are not self-serve

Ordering dishes that are not self-serving limits the amount of sharing utensils, plates, and handles.

Stay home when appropriate

If you are feeling unwell, have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or live with someone who has COVID-19, please stay home and avoid outdoor dining until it is considered safe to do so. 

Contact GPCOG with feedback and questions

Greater Portland Council of Governments

970 Baxter Blvd #201, Portland, ME 04103

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