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A guide to safe mini-meetups for the holidays.
BY THE PASYAL TEAM
We get it, Christmas isn't Christmas without spending it with our loved ones, whether online or offline. As the year comes to an end and with the fast development of a vaccine, an end to the pandemic is somehow in sight (fingers crossed), a lot of us seem to be raring to see friends and family again to share a meal in restaurant and malls we've missed so much.
We will always be advocating health and safety first here in Pasyal, that's why should you decide to physically be in the presence of your nears and dears for a holiday celebration, here are some tips to keep you safe, while enjoying a great meal amongst the warmth of those most important to you.
1. Keep your circle small.
In the time of a pandemic, crowd control is virus control. Save the big bashes for a safer time, and gather only in groups of four or less—that way, infection is less likely to spread and contact tracing can be done faster.
2. Consider spacing.
It’s all about location, location, location: tight spots aren’t the best places to be around at a time like this, so head to restaurants or venues that allow you to socially distance while enjoying each other’s company.
Ayala Malls all over the country came up with simple and effective ways to allow mall goers to "dine in" while staying safe.
The Patio in some Ayala Malls such as UP Town Center and Alabang Town Center extends dining spaces to wider spots in the mall to allow for distancing between each table, while all malls have set up tables and chairs at al fresco areas for better air ventilation when people have masks off while they eat.
Alabang Town Center is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
3. Agree on a temporary bubble.
Symptoms tend to appear five to six days from infection, so you might want to consider agreeing on a six-day bubble with the people you're scheduled to meet up with. By living in a “bubble,” you agree that for at least six days before your scheduled meetup, all of you contain yourselves at home and avoid meeting other people from outside.
4. Time is crucial, too.
You and your loved ones might want to consider saving your hunger for an oddly-timed meal, to avoid peak hours. Try a get together on a weekday morning, or just before lunch or dinner, to avoid crowds.
5. Go solo, or divvy dishes up.
When ordering dishes good for more than one, ask the server to pre-divide the portions in separate plates before serving. Better yet, take advantage of individual set meals.
For casual diners, Asakusa Home of Tempura in Ayala Malls Vertis North offers great bento box options, all bearing their signature tempura variations along with rice and other sides.
For a more spiffed up get together, the filet mignon and eggs at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse serves a hearty plateful, whether for brunch or breakfast-for-dinner.
Visit Asakusa Home of Tempura at Ayala Malls Vertis North and Ayala Malls Feliz, and visit Wolfgang's Steakhouse at One Bonifacio High Street.
6. Guards up, always.
We tend to relax when we’re around friends, but remember to absolutely do not touch your nose or mouth when in public and keep a safe distance from each other. Air kisses will do for now!
7. FOMO is fine.
At this point, it already goes without saying, but if you’re feeling even just the slightest symptoms of flu such as colds or sore throat, it would do you better to take a raincheck.