Because it’s in the Eccles Center, which has suspended shows because of the Covid 19 virus, one of our favorite restaurants The Tin Angel has been forced to close temporarily.
That’s tough. Restaurants operate on a slim margin anyway, and loss of custom for even a few weeks can be fatal. Over the last week, I’ve received notices from dozens of restaurants—The Salt Lake Area Restaurant Association, Utah Restaurant Association, food suppliers like Nicholas & Co., Caputo’s—outlining their sanitary precautions and reassuring customers that it is still safe to eat out during the pandemic and that they will do everything in their power to keep everything safe.
I’m going to take them at their word and continue to dine out. Carefully. Yes to hand sanitizers and wipes. No to face-touching. Yes to elbow-bumping.
If you’re nervous, call the restaurant you’re planning to go to and ask about their precautions. Maybe plate-sharing will diminish for awhile. And remember the hard-working people paid by the hour—tip large.
If you’re just not comfortable with dining out during the pandemic, lots of restaurants, including the whole Pago group, are offering drive-up service. Order your meal from the online menu, pay and pick it up at the drive-through. Don’t forget that local grocery stores—Harmons and Smith’s—also offer a pre-order and pick-up option.
Follow the government directives and advice. Use common sense. Stay safe. But don’t stop living. And remember how your actions affect others.