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Precautions You Must Take Before Going to a Bar

Happy hour is coming back, but before you head to your favorite brewery consider doing these things first.

It's finally time for restaurants and bars to reopen and invite guests to come back in to dine and drink. However, even though this is a step toward revisiting normalcy, people need to be aware that these places cannot and will not go back to full capacity for quite some time.

The pandemic is far from over, however, there are a few precautions you can take at bars, for example, to still support them while also staying safe. The CDC recently released a new set of guidelines for restaurants and bars to consider following upon reopening, detailing anything from what to do with sick employees to removing all self-serve food and drink options.

Whether the bar or restaurant you're eating or drinking at will follow these guidelines strictly is out of your control. Conversely, there are things you can do to prevent contracting COVID-19 as well as spreading it.

Here are three things you can do to lessen your (and others') risk of exposure.


Feeling fatigued or sick? Just stay home.


As is the case with most viruses, fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19 especially at the onset of it. So, if you're feeling worn out, weak, or just completely drained of energy it's best to just stay home. It's not worth potentially exposing someone else to the virus or hindering your health even further by drinking alcohol, which is known to weaken the immune system.


Only invite one other person and sit at least six feet away from other people.

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While it may be safe to hang out in groups of 10 or fewer again in some cities, that doesn't mean you should roll up to the bar with that many people. In fact, the bar probably won't allow you and all of your friends to come in. If there is an option to sit outside, ask to sit there to reduce your risk of exposure even further.


Take hand sanitizer with you.

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As Dr. William Lang, Medical Director at private concierge medicine practice WorldClinic, told Eat This, Not That! in another article "The biggest thing that carries and transmits the virus is your hands."

If you shake hands with someone at the bar who has been exposed to the virus, your risk of catching COVID-19 increases, especially if you proceed to put your hands on your face. If you're someone who mindlessly touches their face, consider applying hand sanitizer regularly to reduce your chances of contracting coronavirus.

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