How Safe Is Outdoor Dining at Your Favorite Restaurant?

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The world has been craving any type of normalcy since the COVID-19 pandemic changed life as we know it. Eating at your favorite restaurant may help you feel closer to normal — except the pandemic has thrown the restaurant industry into chaos. Over 110,000 restaurants and bars closed at some point in 2020 — whether temporarily or permanently — due to the pandemic, and countless others have tried to survive by reopening business outdoors by following local guidelines about maintaining social distancing. But is outdoor dining even safe? Before you head to your local restaurant or bar, learn what changes these establishments have implemented and what health recommendations the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made.