While the CDC considers any on-site dining a higher risk activity, experts agree that outdoor dining could be a great solution. During the day, outdoor dining is ideal because sunlight can shorten the lifespan of the virus.
Cities are now planning to shut down restaurant corridors during certain hours on Friday, Saturday and Sundays for tables to be put out and spaced six feet apart. The streets that were once filled with cars would now be filled with tables. In other areas with coffee shops, breakfast and lunch places, there could be mid-day closings that extend through the week. Nearby parks and parking lots have also turned into dining plazas for struggling bars and restaurants.
This dining model is common in most European cities. The wait staff remains outside and places orders to the kitchen electronically (all carry tablets for ordering and payments). A runner delivers food from the kitchen and bar.
If you do find yourself in an air-conditioned space, take the standard precautions: Wear a mask, maintain distance from others and wash your hands frequently.