Do you still eat out / even get coffee?

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Post # 76
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Helper bee

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@barbie86:  Didnt you say that you were never actually *tested* for covid? 

Post # 77
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Honey bee

I don’t go out to eat because “I can’t live in fear of the virus.” I go out to eat because of the safety precautions that are in place, which are proven to work.  The infection rate in my city is 3.4% and decreasing each day.  You can’t walk into a restaurant without following their strict guidelines (25% capacity, temp checks, social distancing, QRCodes for menus, masks on anytime server is within your vicinity, while ordering, when they clear plates, etc.).  And if I happened to go into a restaurant that wasn’t taking this seriously, I would no longer be a patron of that business.

I also get my hair cut, nails done, go to doctors and dentists appts, go shopping, and I’ve even been to a casino.  I wear my masks and wash my hands and wouldn’t consider leaving my house if I even had a sniffle.  My H has had to fly a couple times for work emergencies and we will quarantine for 10 days upon his return to make extra sure that we don’t become accidental spreaders.

We have also both worked from home this entire time (besides the couple work trips for H) and we don’t have kids in school/activities, so going out to dinner once a month isn’t as high risk as everyone would make it seem.  Do I prefer to go out to dinner when I can sit outside?  Yes, but I live in the midwest, so for 6 months out of the year it’s not an option (ok, it’s an option, but it’s a very miserable and cold option and we did try it twice). We also typically choose off times for dining.  4:30pm dinners or after 8pm so we can miss the crowds. 

We have become very calculated in every decision we make.  Nothing is taken lightly, but in this dark year, going to out to dinner has been one of the small joys.

 

Post # 78
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Jacksonville Inn

We have picked up takeout a few times but other than that we haven’t been in restaurants. Before the pandemic we would eat out 1-2 times monthly. My wife and I both have auto immune diseases and take medications to suppress our immune systems so we’ve been cautious. We’ve both been fully vaccinated thanks to working in healthcare and plan to go out to eat once the numbers in our community get lower.

 

Post # 79
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Sugar bee

We JUST got outdoor dining back in my state/county.

So we still dont have the option to dine indoors. We mostly do take out/delivery anyway. Will swing by starbucks and pick up a mobile order on the weekends. but i certainly worked on my cooking skills quite a bit when I was in lockdown, now that I am back to work I still cook more often than pre-covid. 

I have done outdoor dining a couple times and it was nice, i felt the tables were spread out and the staff took a lot of precautions. I also work closely with a lot of restaurant managers and owners and they are trying SO hard to stay in business. 

Post # 80
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Sugar bee

We haven’t been to a restaurant in a year now, except to grab pickup. At first I wasn’t even ordering takeout, but these days I order delivery about once a week. It’s a little treat to look forward to on the weekend, and I am glad to be able to support local businesses. I typically tip the delivery person more than 20% to make it worth their while.

Otherwise, the only places I’ve been inside for more than a couple minutes in the past year are grocery stores, my dr.’s office, and home improvement stores. I also got one haircut when the cases were low in my area. (Every store I’ve been in has limited capacity and everyone in my region adheres to mask wearing; my salon and hospital also took temps.) We’ve been very careful with limiting exposure and in-person dining is not high on my list of things that feel worth the risk.  

Post # 81
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Busy bee

My fiance and I eat out still. Maybe once a month. And we go through the drive thru occasionally but always wear masks still. We live in NS so theres very few cases in our province.

Post # 82
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Bee Keeper

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@sharpshooter:  Exactly! It’s not about living in fear of covid, it’s taking special precautions. The risk of contracting covid through food is minimal. 

But I enjoyed the part about dining outside in the midwest. I can see it now, a Chicago restaurant in February, the gentle zephyr blowing off Lake Michigan. Lol. You and your dinner will become popsicles.

Post # 83
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Bee Keeper

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@skuzzlebutt:  the first time no, the second time yes. The first time they were refusing to do tests, but having had it a second time I am as close to 100% sure as I can be without a test that’s what it was the first time as the symptoms tracked in exactly the same way, they were just much milder the second time.

 

Post # 84
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2021

We went out to eat a few times during the summer and early fall – rates in our city had plummetted, there were tons of outdoor, fairly spaced out options, and our city in general everyone is pretty compliant with masks and other precautions. Haven’t done that since the early fall due to weather and the rates climbing back up. 

Otherwise I do still go out semi-frequently. I go out to work several times a week, I go and run errands (grocery shopping, sometimes when I’m out after work or running errands I will swing by a shop or something). It’s too cold right now to go out just for coffee, but I did that fairly frequently up until like November – one of the few things you can do while going for a socially distanced walk, is get a coffee to walk with. 

We still get takeout regularly. I get the fear about it, but tbh I can’t recall ever hearing about anyone actually getting sick through food and I’m a bit skeptical. Sharing air is the main thing I’m concerned about. My perspective might be different because my work and commute is already so high risk, I simply can’t get worked up about thigns that are many times lower risk like eating take out. I burned out on being able to be concerned about that level of risk I guess. 

Post # 85
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Honey bee

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@sunburn:  we actually did outside dining for our wedding dinner.  It was a balmy 20 degrees F (aka FREEZING).  Those little plastic greenhouses might look cute, but they are NOT pleasant.

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