A new survey offers insights — plus, restaurant owners open up about enforcing mask rules and taking safety precautions
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For many, dining out was once a relaxing way to bond with friends or family — or pick up a quick bite when cooking seemed too daunting. But now, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, dining out can present new health risks.
Although opting for outdoor seating or take-out is generally considered safer, experts say there’s currently no way to make the experience completely risk-free. But during these uncertain times, the restaurant industry’s been suffering. It’s projected to lose $240 billion in revenue this year, and as cases spike in new areas, many states’ reopenings have been halted.
With social distancing guidelines across the country in flux, the online neighborhood hub Nextdoor asked 745,000 people in the U.S. how they feel about dining in — or out. The survey, conducted in late June, showed some clear trends.