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Burger Bash in COVID times

As of March 21, Nova Scotia entered phase three of its Covid reopening plan. With masks and physical distancing mandates removed, it is still important to keep a safe distance from people you don’t know while out and about.

Moreover, sustaining healthy habits are paramount for ensuring a safe Burger Bash for patrons, restaurants and employees alike. For information on the best practices as recommended from Nova Scotia Health, you can find them here.

In the meantime it’s no secret that the last two years, living through a pandemic, makes it more important than ever to support local businesses and to keep Halifax’s entrepreneurial spirit alive. Restaurant owners and staff have been at full tilt to bring us delicious treats and events like Burger Bash. We want to make sure to spread burger love and not germs.

Be a good Burger Bash citizen! Please follow these tips and guidelines to keep Halifax Burger Bash fun and safe for everyone involved.

1. First and foremost make sure you monitor your health and health of those you care for—it is our collective responsibility to keep each other along with restaurants and their staff, safe. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 please stay home. No jokes people. A list of symptoms can be found at novascotia.ca/coronavirus

2. If you are waiting for results from a COVID-19 test, please stay home and abide by all guidelines set forth by public health.

3. If you arrive at a restaurant and there is a line-up, see if you can leave your number and take a walk around the block. If this is not possible go to your plan B, C or D restaurant choices. We have extended Burger Bash for just this reason – more burger days mean more burger meals and less burger lines… got it?

4. Mask up or don’t!. Since phase 3, masks are no longer mandatory in public spaces like restaurants. Be respectful of others decision to mask or not. But heck if you bought that burger mask last year why not? Our advice is wear it when you are walking around the restaurant but take it off when you are chowing down.

5. Wash your hands, use the sanitizer provided by restaurants. Wash your hands. We’ll say it again, wash your hands.

6. Respect all front of house, servers, chefs, line cooks, patty makers, cleaners and dishwashers. Everyone is doing their best at this crazy time—restaurant staff have been working their buns off so be kind. Smile behind that mask. Don’t be a burger jerk. And tip generously if you can.

7. Did we mention washing your hands?

If you think of any other helpful tips on how to do Halifax Burger Bash safely, get in touch (events@thecoast.ca) and we’ll share with the rest of the city.