The coronavirus pandemic has changed more things than we think—especially the way people eat out in public now. Restauranteur, chef, and founder of Momofuku, David Chang, asked Twitter users from Southeast Asia to share photos of what dining out and restaurant protocol are like now.
Lots of people were interested to share their post-pandemic dining experiences. While the specific rules vary from establishment to establishment and city to city, people described how the staff wear masks and disinfect cutlery in front of them, while customers can use free disinfectant for their hands. Some places still check customers’ temperatures as they walk in and have partitions to separate booths and people sitting at tables.
A few people also shared what the regulations were like immediately after restaurants and fast food chains reopened, and how these tough rules are slowly being rolled back. Scroll down to see what dining out in Southeast Asia is like now, dear Pandas. And if you’re living in the region, share your thoughts and experiences in the comments.
An online survey by market researcher Nielsen Connect collected responses from more than 6k respondents from 11 markets at the start of March. The data showed that 86 percent of the people polled in China said that they’d eat at home more often, 77 percent said the same in Hong Kong, and 62 percent expressed the same opinion in South Korea, Malaysia, and Vietnam.#7
“The Covid-19 crisis has certainly changed attitudes and behaviors of consumers. I don’t believe people will fully stop eating out of the home, but clearly the virus impact will last for quite some time and we do expect consumers to continue to eat ‘more’ at home for the foreseeable future,” managing director for Southeast Asia at Nielsen Connect told the SCMP. “But whilst consumer behavior across markets in the immediate terms has definitely changed, the subsequent question is ‘when will it return to normal?’ The answer may well be never.”#10