DON’T’ – LINGER
If there a queue of people waiting for a table at the cafe where you’re still reading your horoscope or on Facebook after paying the bill? If so, it’s time to go. The same applies in restaurants, especially ones with fixed sitting times.

When there is only a certain amount of people allowed in at one time, hanging around is costing that business money it desperately needs at the moment, not only that, people are hungry and may decide to leave and go somewhere else or simply go home. Common courtesy can also help save a business.

BE RUDE TO STAFF ABOUT SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES
These guys are doing the best they can under the guidelines they must follow. I am pretty sure we would all agree we would all love to get back to the way it was, especially the staff who have had their hours cut back, but this is not possible and abusing the workers for something out of their control, is not only extremely rude and unnecessary, but it is also pointless.

PUBLICLY CRITICISE A FOOD SERVICE BUSINESS
While the restaurant industry works to get back on its feet, people should also be mindful of leaving negative comments and ratings on their sites.

If there’s a problem, let the manager know rather than the internet. That way they have a chance to fix the problem, not close down because of feedback that could have been dealt with to make your dining experience better.

It’s simple people, be kind.

EXPECT A RESTAURANT TO MEET EVERY REQUIREMENT YOU HAVE
This is a worldwide pandemic, not the time to quibble over the fact you can’t get everything you used to be able to. Some facts of dining for the short-term future: private rooms may not be available due to the four-square metre rule; some ingredients will be hard to find as producers, farmers, and fishers kick back into gear; restaurants may not be able to meet every dietary requirement or custom request. Be grateful you can dine out at all, I remember when everything was shut down and I was dying to just go out and get a meal cooked for me without having to do the dishes after!

DO – ADD A TIP OR AN EXTRA DISH
Have the entrée, try a dessert, and get some starters. All of this helps, not only do you get to treat yourself, you are trying new things all while helping to save someone’s livelihood. While the restaurant is operating at reduced capacity, that extra cash helps staff and owners a lot.

SHARE THE LOVE
Tell people what a lovely meal and great service that you have received. Recommend them to your friends and family, every bit of good feedback helps our struggling restaurants and cafes.

BUY OTHER PRODUCTS
If the café or restaurant sells other products, such as jams, sauces, wines etc.
Buy them and help boost sales a bit.

I have seen some wonderful produce in our local cafes for sale. Snap them up and try something different when cooking at home instead of the boring supermarket chain brands.

TRY NEW PLACES
We have some fantastic venues on the Island.
You may not have had a chance to try them all, now is the time. You may find your next favourite spot to dine! Get out there and make the most of them all.