A little taste of returning to near-normal after #COVID19Life-May 29, 2021

The USA is further advanced getting through the pandemic than most countries, so it’s been interesting to experience that for a few days.

Last night, we had our last meal together as a family, in a restaurant. It was somewhere that my youngest and I had eaten in February 2020, for my birthday. It had been a nice experience at a restaurant I know from one of its other locations in Virginia, J. Gilbert’s. But, we were unsure what the experience would be like this time.

So far, I’d dined on burgers and had the ‘everything comes in a paper bag’ experience, eating inside. It was fine, but no one else dined inside. There were 3 different stations for pickups: online, delivery, inside. I asked the staff how things had been since the pandemic began and heard a lot about how things had evolved and continued to do you.

My wife and eldest daughter went to a pizzeria and ate outside. It was a blistering day. The food was great and again the story about dealing with the pandemic.

Restaurants can’t just change their physical or personnel options quickly as rules change.

Operating has been hit by lower demand even if some increases came from online ordering or for delivery.

Last night, we found staff all masked but customers encouraged to remove theirs, and not have to ‘lift and bite’. We had a waiter who was as enthusiastic as any I’d ever met, and knowledgeable about the menu.

Reservations were for 2 hour blocks and 5-7pm suited us. We were all due to travel early on Sunday.

It was good to see a near-normal dining room in action, again.

We’re not there, yet, in Jamaica.

Author: Dennis G Jones (aka 'The Grasshopper')

Retired International Monetary Fund economist. My blog is for organizing my ideas and thoughts about a range of topics. I was born in Jamaica, but spent 30 years being educated, living, and working in the UK. I lived in the USA for two decades, and worked and travelled abroad, extensively, throughout my careers and for pleasure. My views have a wide international perspective. Father of 3 girls. Also, married to an economist. :)