So restaurants have finally opened and you’ve made plans for a family meal outside. (Remember delivery and take-out orders can be just as special.)

Here are 5 tips for you to remember, so you can keep yourself and your loved ones protected while enjoying a meal outside:

1) Mask up and bring a ziplock bag

Eating or drinking should be the only time you take off your mask while you’re outside. When you do so, you’ll need to keep your mask somewhere clean. This is where a ziplock bag can come in handy, to ensure that your mask is not left exposed to the surroundings while you enjoy your meal.

2) Limit your gathering to 5 people.

If you need to meet your friends in person over a meal, make sure to keep the group as small as possible, with the maximum of five people. Keep in mind that it’s still best to keep your circle of contacts small, and preferably to a regular circle of close contacts.

3) Always practise safe distancing.

F&B establishments will have in place safe management measures to ensure that groups are at a safe distance from each other. Nevertheless, do make sure you keep at least 1m apart from other groups, and to not mix between groups. If you intend to dine in a mall, check out for crowd levels in malls before you head out.

4) Do not share utensils

While you may be tempted to help your friend finish their last bit of food on their plate, it is important to avoid sharing food or utensils, as viruses are spread through droplets like saliva. Instead, use serving spoons.

5) Check-in using SafeEntry

SafeEntry QR codes should be a familiar sight by now – you can facilitate contact tracing and identification of clusters by checking in and out wherever required. Ensure you have your mobile device, or your ID with you to do so.

For more tips on how to stay safe, check out How-Tos.