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The One Type of Restaurant That's Safer Than Others

If you’re eating out, consider these places instead of a traditional dine-in restaurant.
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Tables six feet apart, waiters in masks and gloves, paper disposable menus and other safety precautions are waiting for you if you dine-in at restaurants. You can't dine with more than a certain number of people and many places will seat you outside. It's safe to say dining because of the pandemic is a whole new experience. But one type of restaurant hasn't had to change much: Food trucks.

Why? First of all, food trucks are safe because you have to order food to go. There's limited contact between customers and servers. There's usually a bit of a shield between the two, as well, in the form of a window. Food Trucks don't have many cooks (since they can only fit so many people inside the vehicle at one time), so there are not as many people handling your food. The trucks can also easily space themselves six feet from other trucks or buildings to properly social distance. Finally, food trucks are safe because you easily can take your food anywhere! (Related: The Surprising Reason Why Ice Cream Trucks Are Still Operating.)

In Bangor, Maine, food trucks are serving customers at the Bangor Waterfront along the Penobscot River, according to local news station WABI. They are all six feet apart and facing out into the parking lot to allow socially distant lines to form.

In Boston, food trucks are allowed to park at the Rose Kennedy Greenway, says Boston magazine. The 1.5-mile-long park that flows through downtown will soon host a limited number of trucks for lunch including Chubby Chickpea, Bon Me and more. Masks are required and trucks have to operate six feet apart with customer lines that follow social distancing.

The Pizza Parliament truck in Grand Rapids, Michigan delivers some orders, says Grand Rapids Magazine. Owners also decided to host neighborhood nights and park in different locations around the city. Owner Justin Gunnink told the magazine that they received around 100 requests for different neighborhoods quickly after announcing the plan.

So, if you don't want to cook (again) check out our list of the Best Food Truck in Every State instead of heading to a dine-in restaurant where everything from the air conditioner to the self-serving drink stations could be germy.

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda McDonald is a health and food writer and a certified yoga instructor. Read more
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