Burger Week in COVID times

Starting October 4th you will need proof of full vaccination to dine out (let’s call it what it is, a vaccine passport). From the Nova Scotia’s COVID web page, “proof of vaccination isn’t required for children 11 and younger (they can attend activities with a fully vaccinated adult).”

“People will be considered fully vaccinated 14 days after their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization or the 1-dose Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine.”

More details to come from the government on just WHAT AND HOW we will need to eat burger so stand by. We can do this Halifax. For more information you can read more about the Phase 5 reopening plan in Nova Scotia here.

In the meantime it’s no secret that the last 18 months, 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 this summer, with limited hours and staff shortages so we need to this wisely. 

Be a good Burger Week citizen! Please follow these tips and guidelines to keep Halifax Burger Week 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 you must 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 Week for just this reason – more burger days mean more burger meals and less burger lines… got it?

4. Mask up (if you can). After September 15th, masks are no longer mandatory in public spaces like at a restaurant but heck, 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 Week safely, get in touch (events@thecoast.ca) and we’ll share with the rest of the city