Returning To (The New) Normal
While most governors are planning a phased reopening, timelines vary by state. Limits on capacity and types of services for retail and hospitality businesses differ too. Lockdowns are being replaced with some type of strategy, which will “change behaviors for the foreseeable future”, said Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program.
So what will life look like after the stay-at-home order is lifted? Recommendations from public experts include a variety of social distancing and sanitation protocols. Depending on where you live, the new normal will look differently. Wearing masks in public, maintaining safe distances, and bans on sporting events and large social gatherings could be commonplace. As eateries start letting customers trickle into their establishments, new dine-in rules such as temperature checks at the door and logging of customer information for possible contact tracing are being implemented in certain locations.
But, navigating the new normal can have its benefits too. Many are choosing to continue their new safe-at-home practices voluntarily. Inspired by a new awareness on health, home cooking is more popular than ever. Cooking at home just a few times a week can reap big rewards. Studies have shown that when you regularly prepare home-cooked meals, you’re also more likely to make healthier choices on those occasions when you do eat out.
So while uncertain times may still lie ahead, exercise caution and take refuge in the comforts of your own kitchen. Invite a few friends or simply unite your family over a healthy, home cooked meal. Bon appetit!
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