United States Restaurants Will Reopen With A Different Look. China Gives Clues As To How.

In the United States, shelter-in-place is continuing, but many in the hospitality industry are attempting to figure out what new health regulations and laws will be implemented once people are allowed to return to the world of restaurants.

Asia is navigating that new reality already, as shelter-in-place restrictions have been cautiously lifted. Residents are adapting to new rules that are attempting to keep people safe while they are out enjoying a meal.

The photos below show how restaurants are implementing technology to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, how businesses are ensuring diners keep their distance, and what is expected of employees as they serve customers. Whether certain practices will arrive stateside remain to be seen.

Temperature checks

Temperature checks have become part of the routine before entering a restaurant. Here, a customer registers as a staff member checks her body temperature at the entrance of a restaurant in Chengdu, southwest China’s Sichuan Province on March 21, 2020.

Temperature checks are also required for employees at restaurants.

QR codes

Residents in China are using QR codes to gain entry to businesses, such as restaurants; it’s all part of a color-based health code system.

Users sign up for the health code system and are required to enter personal information and answer a series of questions, such as previous travel, if you’ve had contact with a COVID-19 patient (suspected or diagnosed) and any symptoms you may be experiencing.

You are then issued a red, amber or green color. Those with a red code will have to go into self-quarantine for 14 days; amber requires a quarantine period of seven days; green means you are allowed to move around the cities.

Restaurants, based on the color of your health QR code, can either let you enter or turn diners away. To read more about the system, head to CNN.


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