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Old 07-09-2020, 05:10 AM
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A school friend invited me to meet her for lunch. Our state (NJ) has strict guidelines and is actually in good shape (for now.)

I haven’t eaten out since this all started, and I’m hesitant.

It will just be the 2 of us. I would keep my mask on, but obviously have to take it off to eat.

Would you go?

Update:. We are finding a park so we can bring a lunch and social distance while we visit. Thanks for all your feedback!



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Old 07-09-2020, 05:15 AM
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Iím sorry to have to say I donít think it matters how long youíve been friends. I may be overly cautious, but I have turned down similar backyard invitationsóand your situation wouldnít even be a possibility for me because our restaurant dining has been shut down again. For me: no way. I can wait.

If you choose to do this, will you then quarantine for 2 weeks?
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Old 07-09-2020, 05:16 AM
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I have been very careful during this whole situation...I think eating outdoors with a friend would be fine as long as other diners are 6 feet away, people who work at restaurant wear masks and you do not sit right next to friend...allow some space. Enjoy! Also I would keep hands clean but that goes without saying ☺
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Old 07-09-2020, 05:22 AM
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Can you suggest a nice alternative? Each get your own take out and go to a park with your own chairs and sit away from people and six feet from your friend. Have a lovely meal- no stress about other people, no wait staff hovering over you, take as much time as you want ... Iíve done this with friends and have really enjoyed it and felt totally safe doing it.
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Old 07-09-2020, 05:30 AM
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Patios have just opened in my area. Many are very busy. That being said, I would decline the invitation. And my area/neighbourhood is doing amazing. Sam5 offered a nice alternative to suggest.


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Old 07-09-2020, 05:37 AM
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As much as I’d love to go to breakfast with my cousin or my bff, we have only been doing outside dining for about three weeks. I’m not ready to do even that after being fairly careful this whole time. I’d like for them to really have the safety protocols absolutely in place before doing this. To be honest, sometimes I feel silly about feeling this way.

I like PP suggestion’s of takeout in the park. I had DD with my friend this way a couple of weeks ago and it was delightful.
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Old 07-09-2020, 05:42 AM
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I love Sam5ís idea!
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Old 07-09-2020, 05:46 AM
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No.
I would not go.
I have had similar invitations to meet with friends but I have declined.
I might consider meeting on my deck (social distance) or my friend's deck.
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Old 07-09-2020, 05:47 AM
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I did this for the first time yesterday with my DH, DS, DDIL and little GD. It was a neighborhood restaurant in Chicago. We were outside. There was only 2 other people way more than 6 feet away. Masks on everyone for ordering and when server brought the food. Server gave instructions before we were seated. Wipes, sanitizer were all available. It was nice.
That said, Iíve only been seeing my immediate family. I would like to do a park lunch with a friend.
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Old 07-09-2020, 05:48 AM
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If you've both been doing all the safety precautions, I'd go. In fact, I've been out and all has been fine. I've sat both in and out--safety precautions in place, and all went fine. I don't go out often but on occasion. Since your state is in a pretty good place, then I'd go. I'm also finding, some places aren't as busy as others so I'd opt for a less busy restaurant.


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DD's doctor gave recommendations
Old 07-09-2020, 05:50 AM
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DD is pregnant and the manager at a restaurant. Her OBGYN told her not to eat at any restaurant, even on a patio, and even at the restaurant she works at. She said if you're working and need to eat get it to go and go eat in your car by yourself. She said the exposure is too great.

Just passing that along.
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Old 07-09-2020, 05:51 AM
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I have done it and I would do it. I am not reckless. I am just as vulnerable as most of you. Is there an element of risk? Yes, but I refuse to be paralyzed and live my life cowering alone in my house. I don't eat out often but I would to visit with an old friend. Dining outdoors is not a high risk activity according to the published lists you can find online. Keep your mask on except when you're at the table. Use sanitizer, wash your hands. It is not a no risk activity, however. If you will worry and fidget the whole time and ruin the visit for your friend, don't go!!

Most current studies show the problem is airborne contagion. Surfaces are very low risk. So, if you're still sterilizing your groceries based on that YouTube doctor's questionable video, you can stop. Life has inherent risks even when there's no pandemic. Everyone has to evaluate her own personal risk to benefit tolerance.

I am not a science denier or a conspiracy theory crazy. I know this crisis is real and dangerous. If we'd had a national plan from the beginning, things would be less serious than they are now. And less embarrassing for a first world power that has behaved like a third world country. Too bad we had no competent leadership at the head of our government.
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Thank you!
Old 07-09-2020, 05:56 AM
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I appreciate all your responses and thoughts. I am going to suggest meeting for a picnic lunch where we can sit and chat without others around. Idk what her exposure is, so outside, 6 feet apart will be safe.

Great suggestion- thank you!
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Old 07-09-2020, 07:00 AM
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Quote:
I am going to suggest meeting for a picnic lunch where we can sit and chat without others around.
I like this idea very much! I may try it with a friend as well.
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Old 07-09-2020, 08:04 AM
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I have had lunch with friends several times on my patio. It is large enough for social distancing, and can be accessed from the road.
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Old 07-09-2020, 08:21 AM
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I wouldn't go to the restaurant. I haven't done it all this time and won't start now just because a friend wants to.

I agree with meeting at a park to walk and talk and/or eat lunch or maybe, maybe get a smoothie.


At a park or some other outdoors space, it's just the 2 of you & you guys can sit as spaced out as you want!
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Hesitant, but I think I would...
Old 07-09-2020, 09:01 AM
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I'm sure I may be in the minority, but I say if you feel comfortable and want to see your friend, do it! I agree, it's nerve wracking, but I also feel like we can't completely shut down our life for this. We have to face it some times. Please don't anyone flame me for this. I'm still hesitant about eating at a restaurant, even it is outside seating, but I'd say try it with the precautions you can take. Or, better yet, could you do it outside at one of your houses or at a park?
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Old 07-09-2020, 09:02 AM
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Iíve been meeting outdoor with friends for a few weeks and itís been great.
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Old 07-09-2020, 09:09 AM
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It depends. Iíve met with two friends.


In both cases, we had all been quarantined for at least two weeks prior and were planning on being after.
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Old 07-09-2020, 09:32 AM
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Iíve been out to eat several times since it was allowed. Iíd go.
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Old 07-09-2020, 09:54 AM
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I would not go. We have gotten take-out/curbside twice since mid-March and it was not worth it. The new procedures just to get food brought to the car was a scary hassle. Zoom is the next best thing.
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Old 07-09-2020, 10:11 AM
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I would go. I've eaten inside a restaurant and felt comfortable. All tables were spread apart from each other. All employees wore masks.
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Old 07-09-2020, 11:04 AM
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I agree that the length of your friendship doesn't matter at all in this scenario. I also think a distanced picnic is way better, and it sounds like that is what you are thinking now.

It's one thing to eat at a restaurant with someone who are in constant contact with (i.e., living with you) and another to do so with someone else. if you both truly have been quarantined ahead of time, that would make me feel more comfortable. I agree we can't stop living, but I think we can make socializing a little safer by considering how we do it.

ETA: I paid more attention to your title when I reread. Outdoor dining-- would depend on the set up. I'd certainly find that safer than indoor dining.

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Old 07-09-2020, 11:53 AM
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would depend on what cases are like in your area...

most places do not have patio tables spaced out far enough for me (and plus the wind factor)

i would do take-out and eat with friend somewhere you can be more distanced. (also would depend on if you know your friend has been wearing mask and distancing from people)
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Old 07-09-2020, 05:30 PM
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I would go and meet a friend. In fact today, I had 6 friends over for lunch and pool time. Since we were outside the entire time, no one wore masks.
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Old 07-10-2020, 04:26 PM
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I met one of my dearest friends for lunch about a month ago and we did exactly what you are planning to do!

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