Restaurants may be opening again, but things are a whole lot different than they used to be. Alberta has officially moved into stage 1 of its relaunch. This means restaurants and pubs are finally welcoming the public again, just in time for May long weekend.
Narcity spoke to representatives for three restaurants across Alberta: the Iron Goat in Canmore, Hudsons Canada's Pub in Edmonton, and The Marc in Edmonton.
The province may have flattened the curve, but physical distancing requirements still need to be followed. These three restaurants are trying to serve their customers safely by putting a number of changes in place.
Adele O'Byrne, a spokesperson from the Iron Goat, told Narcity that "all staff and guests" will "[get their] temperature taken" when they walk through the front door.
The restaurant has rearranged seating to keep tables six feet apart. Every staff member and guest will complete a questionnaire before stepping inside.
Not only will the staff be wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) but the same will be available for guests.
Say goodbye to struggling to get the ketchup out of large glass bottles, because small disposal condiment packets will be in use.
Tap payment is encouraged at the Canmore establishment.
Patrick Saurette, co-owner of The Marc, said that the restaurant won't be screening guests' temperatures, but they will be asking some screening questions during the reservation phone call.
Reservations will be the only way guests can eat at his restaurant for the next little bit.
They'll be monitoring crowds. This means telling customers to wait in their cars before they can be safely escorted to their tables by the staff.
They'll also be using chalkboard menus, as well as disposable menus, so no one has to share, says Saurette.
Much like at the Iron Goat, the staff will be wearing masks while inside the premises. Their temperatures will be taken on a daily basis, the co-owner told us.
"Our customers want to trust us, and this is something we've earned over the years," he said.
Finally, Narcity spoke to Ashley Mack from Hudsons Canada's Pub, who told us that staff working in their restaurants will be wearing gloves when handling food and food packaging.
Much like at the other two restaurants, masks will be worn by staff when working, she said.
All three restaurants will have a whole bunch of sanitization stations and will be ensuring sufficient distance between the tables.
Restaurants are in our lives again, but we'll need to get used to these changes for the time being.