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Published March 17th 2020
Pasta or pandemics? Should you be eating out?
In such a turbulent time, it becomes very hard to know how to act and whether to continue normal day-to-day life in light of no observable danger. This particularly concerns the hospitality and tourism industries in South Australia, and whether we, as locals, should retreat, or continue as per usual.
But at this time, we do not need to overcomplicate this decision. I am still enjoying eating out, going to Midnight Spaghetti (above the Crown & Anchor in the Adelaide CBD) for some delicious carb-loading. Open Wednesday to Sunday 6pm til late, their pasta dishes start at $20.
If you are in full health and practicing social distancing techniques, then eating out is absolutely fine. Restaurants and cafes, in practice, regularly conduct cleaning and sanitising and in the appearance of COVID-19, many, many establishments have put extra precautions in place, to make sure that their staff and their customers (you!) stay safe.
As of the 18th of March 2020, in South Australia, we have had 32 confirmed cases of COVID-19. In a precarious time, we need to consider the impact that will occur for the Australian small business industry. Something that as Australians we are so proud to have supported and cultivated. Both small business and causal workers are inevitably going to face very uncertain times in the months ahead, causing even more stress and worry beyond the health and outcomes of the current growing pandemic.
If you, and your family, are healthy and feel safe and confident in doing so, please consider making an extra effort to buy from, eat out at, (or if worried) take away from local businesses who are likely to face a mass loss of income due to rising social distancing, and isolation.
Please continue to follow the advice of the state and federal governments, and while it is still safe to eat out - if you are healthy and do not need to self-isolate - if you are in doubt, practice social distancing, seek further advice and consider the rest of your community and consequences of not self-isolating if necessary.
Stay safe, act sensibly, and feel safe in the decisions to go out for pasta!