DGS now has new rules to ensure greater safety for those who frequent restaurants and cafes: It requires that no more than two meters of people live together in indoor spaces and that people sit at the table diagonally rather than face to face, says JN Saturday.
Thus, family members who live in coexistence will now be able to “sit face to face or side by side at a distance of less than two meters,” and for others, “the arrangement of chairs and tables within the institution must guarantee a distance of at least 2 meters.”
Next, the rules update provides further guidance for “restaurant companies”, that is, a two-meter spacing is guaranteed at all times and that the rules in place are always in place in the eyes of the customers. To be taken to the rhetoric, DGS guidelines assume that citizens know exactly which rule applies – or that those who serve them ask if they are cohabitants.
But there’s more: Now, according to the DGS, customers should be prevented from changing “the direction of tables and chairs, allowing employees to do so, always within existing recommendations.” Standing places – such as buffets and food dispensers – are not recommended “due to the difficulty in ensuring physical distance.”
There is also an explicit requirement for restaurants to guarantee distances in queues or payments at the counter and create ‘circles’ to maintain distance ‘between people walking around and those sitting’.