The time is finally here as the UK slowly but surely starts to ease restrictions. With many of us having been starved from our local restaurant scene, it’s an exciting time to start wining and dining again. However, it’s totally understandable if you’re feeling daunted by the idea of going out again. So we’ve put together a helpful list of how you can feel more prepared.
With venues having to follow government guidelines and having lower capacities, they can fill up fast. If you’ve got your heart set on your favourite restaurant or bar, it’s best to book a table in advance. That way you don’t have to worry about being turned away or having to find another place, which also might be full. Plus, if you’ve got an outdoor or indoor seating preference, you can book a spot you’ll be most comfortable in. Making a reservation helps keep you – and the people you’re going out with – organised.
It may have been a while since you’ve had to get dressed up to go out anywhere. Going out for a meal or grabbing some drinks could be a great opportunity for you to style some new outfits. Also, prepping your clothes in advance can help get you in the right mindset. Whether it’s chic women’s tops paired with a favourite pair of jeans or a fabulous floral dress – pick clothes that make you feel confident and you feel comfortable wearing.
After a year of living at home and not seeing many people, it might be overwhelming to go into a busy place. It’s ok if you don’t feel normal straight away. Give yourself an adjustment time. You could start by organising a lunch in a quiet restaurant and slowly build up from there. Or you could go out for drinks with one other person and see how you feel. Go at your own pace and do whatever you’re comfortable with.
Prepare Your Phone
You know that going out for a meal or drinks will be a different experience than what you’re used to. From social distancing, table service only, and masks. There is something you can do to help you feel prepared for this and it fits right in your hand. Make sure your phone is charged. That way you can check in to places with the NHS track and trace app and easily access online menus. It’s a small action, but it can make a big difference to your dining experience.
It’s fantastic that we can go out and enjoy the hospitality industry again. Remember to take your time easing yourself back into going out, and little gestures can help your mentality. How do you feel about going back into bars and restaurants?
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