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Restaurants In This City are Pleading That You Do This

Staff risk their lives so you can dine out with your friends and all they ask is for one simple favor in return.
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Just two days ago the World Health Organization said the number of new COVID-19 cases worldwide reached a record high of 212,326 cases within a 24-hour time frame. With no sign of the virus stopping until a vaccine is successfully created (and then administered), the urgency for people to continue to take necessary precautions to prevent any more deaths is more evident now than ever.

Many servers have witnessed firsthand the mistakes patrons make while dining at restaurants, the most concerning of which is not wearing a mask. Whether you're dining indoors or outdoors, wearing a face-covering while conversing with the staff is ultimately becoming a sign of respect.

When Atlanta, Georgia's own Westside Provisions District brunch spot reopened its dining room for dine-in service in the middle of June, they informed guests that masks were highly encouraged but not mandatory. The following week, West Egg Café made a post on Instagram saying, "We plead with all guests to wear masks when they are not seated at their tables, including when they are outside and cannot guarantee being 6 feet away from all other humans."

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Another two weeks passed and patrons still weren't complying, so the restaurant changed its policies, saying no one can enter unless they have a mask on. They even began selling masks for just $2 at the host stand. The follow-up Instagram post reads, "We asked nicely, then we begged. Masks are now required for all guests at West Egg, whenever you are not seated at your table. Period."

In other parts of the country, customers are the ones that are taking precautions but the establishments they want to dine in aren't. For example, in Gaithersburg, Maryland, the owner of the restaurant The Grille on Flower Hill wrote a controversial Facebook post just a few days ago—which has since been deleted—that read, "Let me be very clear…my staff will not wear face masks while working here at the Grille. If that bothers you then please dine elsewhere and please try to find something more important to occupy your time such as volunteer at a nursing home or soup kitchen."

Basilico's Pasta e Vino in Huntington Beach, Calfornia also went to social media at the end of May to share that it was against customers wearing masks while dining at the establishment. The post also appeared on Facebook, which had an image of two masked faces covered by a red circle with a line drawn through with the caption reading, "#nomasksallowed."

Whether you're a staff member or a customer, it's in the best interest of both your health and others' around you to be wearing your mask. The pandemic is far from over and doing this one simple thing will only help mitigate the spread of coronavirus, potentially by as much as 82%.

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
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