As cities around the world cautiously reopen, you're probably itching to dine out at your favorite restaurant again. The feeling is mutual – after months of lockdown, restaurants are giddy to welcome in guests and get back to doing what they love most. While the menu at your go-to spot probably looks the same, a lot has changed behind the scenes to keep diners safe as the world continues to grapple with COVID-19. Capacities are limited, tables are spaced out, every surface is sanitized (and re-sanitized), air-filtration systems are doing their thing and servers are getting back up to speed after being out of work for almost a year.
There's a lot that guests can do to help restaurants ease back into service. We chatted with some of the world's top dining pros to help us navigate this new normal. They shared easy tips for showing respect and appreciation for restaurant workers right now. For starters, showing up on time for your reservation goes a long way – as does keeping your mask on when you're not eating or drinking. Take a look at these super simple tips and remember that a little kindness goes a long way right now.
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