Burger Week in COVID times

It’s no secret that the pandemic makes it more important than ever to support local businesses, and keep Halifax’s entrepreneurial spirit thriving. At the same time, the safety of restaurant staff and customers is vital. It was the right decision to postpone Burger Week in March. And the decision to bring it back now is one The Coast and our Halifax Burger Week partners make after getting advice from the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia, listening to Nova Scotia’s public health head Dr. Robert Strang, consulting with local government and watching as new safety practices around COVID-19 rolled out.

We have waited, stayed put, stayed in and washed our hands, and Zoomed our dinner parties but now is the time. The Atlantic Bubble has done a bang-up job in keeping those COVID case numbers down so we are excited to move forward with what could potentially be the only good part of 2020: Halifax Burger Week.

Despite the pandemic, HBW is finally here so we have put together the following guidelines to keep us COVID free this Halifax Burger Week.

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 have travelled outside of the Atlantic Bubble in the last 14 days, please stay home and complete your mandatory 14 day quarantine. Some of our partnering restaurants offer delivery but please make sure to keep this contact-free and adhere to all public health guidelines. Burger week from home by enjoying an infinite scroll of burgs on your social media #hfxburgerweek and at burgerweek.co.

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

4. 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 week for just this reason – more burger days mean more burger meals and less burger lines… got it?

5. Mask up (if you can). Masks are mandatory in public spaces like at a restaurant or anywhere you can’t physically distance. While seated at your table you can to take off your mask. If you see someone you know from across the dining room, don’t leave your chair and visit, just send a text, with a burger emoji of course.

6. Be considerate of your group size. Restaurants have limited capacity still so you might need to split up. Consider calling ahead so you know what to expect or try going out at less peak times (can you say LUPPER?)

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

8. Follow signage and rules at each restaurant. Restaurants have been operating for the past 3 months and have been working on their plan to practice physical distancing and limited contact, they are now experts in COVID dining, let’s follow their lead.

9. Respect all front of house, servers, chefs, line cooks, patty makers, cleaners and dishwashers. Everyone is doing their best at this crazy time. Smile behind that mask. And tip generously if you can.

10. Did we mention washing your hands?

RESOURCES:

Restaurant Association Nova Scotia’s guide for restaurants to open during COVID

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