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5 Things You Shouldn't Bring to a Restaurant Right Now

Leave these at home when you head out to eat.

There are a ton of safety rules to follow when going to a restaurant because of the coronavirus pandemic. Washing your hands or using hand sanitizer and staying six feet away from people is almost second nature now. So is not leaving the house without a mask.

But there are some things that you shouldn't bring to a restaurant. Here are five things you should leave behind when dining out.

A bag or purse


Debates about where to put purses and bags at a restaurant or bar have been swirling basically forever. Maybe you put yours on the back of your chair, on your lap, or even on the floor. But with all the new cleaning rules and safety mandates, it's best to leave any unneeded items at home or in the car.

COVID-19 droplets travel through the air. While the CDC says it is hard to pick up the virus from surfaces, a bag or purse on the ground or on the back of your chair can pick up germs.

Here are 15 other Health Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make at Restaurants.

Your own takeout containers


Bringing in your own leftover containers isn't the smartest idea. Chances are, the one the restaurant has is perfectly safe to use. Infected people can have no symptoms, so bringing in one from home if you ultimately have it and don't know it can put other guests and employees at risk.

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cash payment

Contactless payment is super popular at restaurants, fast-food chains, grocery stores, and more places since it reduces the cash you and the employee taking it touches. Some places aren't even accepting it and You Could Pay This Surprising New Way at Restaurants Soon.

Your own utensils

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The same way bags, purses, and your own containers could bring in our take out viruses and germs, so can your own utensils. So they are something you shouldn't bring to a restaurant.

It is better to use a fork or spoon when you're eating so your hands don't come super close to your face, because they could be dirty. Be sure to wash them after you enter the restaurant and before you eat. Before you leave is a good idea, too, to make sure you're staying as safe as possible.

But the bottom line is that silverware at the restaurant is safe to use. But here are 20 Ways You Could Catch Coronavirus Dining Out.

Your own condiments

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These communal items are a breeding ground for germs, and lots of restaurants don't even have them on tables anymore. This doesn't mean you should bring your own. Just ask your server for one, and they'll bring one out from somewhere that has less traffic flow, like the back. The CDC recommends these shared items be cleaned between each use.

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in digital journalism from Loyola University Chicago. Read more about Amanda
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