Your number one priority these days, no matter where you are. Hand hygiene is quite crucial in reducing the risk of spreading Coronavirus and make sure you do it with soap, or at least by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. It's absolutely necessary to practice this habit before you eat at the restaurant, or after touching any surface; from menus, doorknobs and tables to chairs, cutlery and tissue holders, and using the washroom because there's no telling which one of them could be potentially contaminated.
When the first few local cases of COVID-19 emerged in Sri Lanka, a lot of restaurants in the country started to strengthen their food safety measures to prevent and mitigate the spreading of Coronavirus; which we observed through their social media pages. Before walking into the restaurant, do a bit of research and get to know about these mechanisms. And if you still have any doubts, do not hesitate to call them up and inquire about it.
This is a time to practise social distancing, but if you cannot avoid going to a restaurant, the least you can do is to avoid peak hours. For example, rice & curry spots get packed with customers during lunchtime, while bars and pubs tend to have high foot traffic in the evenings. Drop by in an odd hour so you do not have to sit at close proximity to the other diners.
Feasting to your heart's content with all kinds of food at a buffet is every foodie's dream, but unfortunately, this is not the best time for it, my friend. Buffets are usually self-serve, so the cutlery and utensils available there are used by multiple people and therefore can be easily contaminated with the virus. On the other hand, standing in a buffet queue is not exactly social distancing.
Despite the number of safety measures taken by the restaurant to minimise the risk of spreading the virus, bringing a well-cleaned spoon/fork from home is always a safe option.
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