TotesNewsworthy: How Safe is Take Out Ordering during These Times?
Restaurants have been closed to walk-ins and reservations for a long time now. Many places have started opening up again for takeout, pickup, or delivery, which to lots of us is a godsend. Cooking for yourself is great, but when you have to do so a night in night out, it can become tedious. Sometimes we want a treat; sometimes, we want someone else to do all the leg work for us. Sometimes we just need a takeout. But is it safe? Unfortunately, there is a good chance; it’s not. And here’s why
Corona and the food business:
Corona spreads quickly and devastatingly through a community. The more people come in contact, the closer we are together, the more likely we are to catch and spread Corona. Now, the problem with a restaurant is you are cramming lots of people into a small area. Most restaurants fit as many people as legally possible because that is the most efficient business model for them. Restaurants typically operate within very tight margins. If a restaurant opens for half capacity, to accommodate social distancing, they are probably losing money. No, they are perhaps hemorrhaging money. So they have to close, better to let the business go stagnant than run it into the ground.
When rules changed to allow businesses, especially food service ones, to reopen this interestingly worked out quite well for a lot of places, they don’t need their wait staff, barmen/women, and busboys. Half of the staff can be replaced, with only essential kitchen staff remaining on. Costs are suddenly down, and they can go back into the business. Awesome. But is it? For those of us who have worked in a professional kitchen and understand how they deal with sickness and injury, the problems were immediately glaring. If you haven’t worked in a kitchen, this next section is especially important to you.