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The New Person You May Have to Deal With When Returning to a Restaurant

The pandemic has changed dining in many ways, but this new addition may be the most surprising.
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Dining in restaurants is finally starting to come back and while many things will be different about the experience, the most prominent change we've seen thus far is the introduction of a COVID bouncer.

That's right, some local restaurants across the U.S. are beginning to add a bouncer to their payroll, but not the traditional one that checks your ID. Instead, these bouncers are here to remove people who are not following social distancing regulations while sitting inside or outside of the restaurant.

For example, in Cincinnati, Ohio a restaurant called Rusconi's Pizza made an announcement that they were looking for a bouncer to help monitor guests by guiding them to empty tables that are a considerable distance away from occupied ones. This person would also be in charge of sanitizing tables between parties.

The bouncer will be there to make sure the restaurant is able to follow the CDC's new restaurant guidelines and keep everyone safe.

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"It's hard for us to enforce those guidelines when we are bartending, serving, we have cooks in the back," employee Sheenah Crawford told FOX19NOW. "So it's like we have to be all these places, and it's just hard to be there."

When Angelo's Pizzeria reopened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, owner Danny DiGiampietro hired a retired cop to be the shop's designated social distancing bouncer. Since he had to cut some of his staff to stay in business, he needs all of the employees he was able to keep on in the kitchen creating custom sandwiches and pizzas.

So as local businesses begin reopening near you, don't be alarmed by the person who escorts you to a table far away from others, or politely asks you to leave if you come in a large group and don't have a mask to wear. They are just there to make sure you and other customers are staying six feet apart.

Cheyenne Buckingham
Cheyenne Buckingham is the news editor of Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food and drink coverage, and breaking down the science behind the latest health studies and information. Read more