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These People are at the Most Risk at Restaurants Right Now

Even with safety rules, these people are the ones most likely to pick up the coronavirus.
Happy waiter wearing protective face mask while showing menu on digital tablet to female guest in a cafe.

There are a lot of risks involved with eating in a restaurant. Not sitting far enough away from other people or sitting inside, waiting for your table inside, and not wearing a mask all increase the risk of the coronavirus spreading.

With the number of cases hitting 4 million recently, some dining rooms are closing again to keep customers as well as workers safe. Servers come into contact with multiple people at a time while at work, including other servers, chefs, and customers. This means they are more susceptible to catching the virus that travels through the air in droplets. Being outside helps, as does not giving out plastic menus and keeping buffets closed.

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But servers, hosts, and bartenders spend time around lots of people. Some of them could carry the virus and not know it. They have to interact with people in the back and the front. Sometimes they might not be able to stay six feet away from others.

So even if there is only outside seating and a server keeps their mask on their entire shift, they still could get the virus, Eater says. Because of this, Philadelphia city officials are telling restaurants that they should promote carryout and delivery options. Indoor seating is prohibited there.

Despite the big risk for servers and other restaurant workers, if one does test positive, a restaurant doesn't necessarily need to shut down operations altogether. This is because, ideally, restaurants should be following safety guidelines 100% of the time. If that is the case, then the employee may have picked it up somewhere else and might not spread it among other workers. If other staff members also test positive, then other steps should be taken.

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda is a staff writer for Eat This, Not That!. Read more
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