Oct 23, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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How do I minimise the risk of getting Covid-19 while eating out?

The weather is getting warmer and lockdown restrictions have been relaxed, so you may be tempted to pop into a restaurant or two and sit on a sunny patio with some friends while you sip something cool.

But Covid-19 still How can you protect yourself from the virus while on the move?

Under lock level 1, restaurants and taverns are allowed to function as usual, but must close around 11 p.m. in order to comply with the national curfew from midnight . Alcohol may also only be served until 11 p.m.

“Restaurants, bars. Shebeens and taverns are limited to a maximum of 750 people or less for indoor events and 2,000 people or less for outdoor events and if the venue is too small to hold 750 people indoors or 2,000 people outdoors, a clearance of at least 1 and half a meter apart, no more than 50% of the capacity of the venue may be used, “says the regulations.

Non-compliance can lead to” a fine or imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both such a fine and a custodial sentence ”.

The wearing of a face mask is compulsory for every person if You are in a public place other than a child under the age of six, and you should wash / disinfect your hands and social distance while out.

You should also stay at home if you have Covid-19 symptoms or suspect that you have had contact with someone who tested positive for the virus.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD.) ) has supplemented this advice with seven helpful tips to minimize the risk of contracting Covid-19 when eating out:

  1. Wash your hands for 20 seconds before eating Soap and water
  2. Avoid using or giving away items that are reusable, such as menus, condiments, and other food containers. Instead, use disposable or digital menus, single-serving condiments
  3. When you need to go to the bathroom, push the door open with your body and avoid using the hand dryer. It is better to wipe your hands with a paper towel or toilet paper
  4. Keep a distance of 1.5 meters from other people, unless they are from the same household
  5. Use contactless payment options as often as possible, if available
  6. During the meal, your mask is off. Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes
  7. If possible, sit outside, open spaces with moving air significantly reduce the risk of contracting the virus from airborne droplets