Planning A Korean BBQ Date With Friends? Check Out These Dine-In Rules First

What safety protocols do they have in place?
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Some of your favorite Korean spots are opening their doors again. Sure, you've probably ordered set meals for delivery, but I think we can all agree: Iba pa rin talaga when you dine in. That doesn't change the fact that COVID-19 is still very much a problem, and we need to be *extra* careful when we go out. To serve their customers well, here are the dine-in guidelines Korean restaurants have in place right now. 

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Employees are to wear face shields, face masks, and gloves at all times. Temperature checks are conducted upon entry and work stations are sanitized regularly. 

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Customers are required to wear a face mask in the waiting area (and anywhere else apart from your table, where you have to sit diagonally). After the temperature check, you'll have to fill out a Health Declaration Form. Only two people are allowed per table.

Fantastik Baka

Fantastik Baka has been re-opening their branches to the public. They have a no face mask, no entry policy. Apart from the usual precautions of hand-sanitizing, they also have a disinfecting foot mat for customers to go through before entering. At the SM Valenzuela branch, each table also has an alcohol pump as well as thick acrylic shield dividers. Other branches might have different guidelines. 

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Leann's Tea House

The restaurant operates with a 30 percent seating capacity. There are temperature checks when you come in, and their employees are required to wear a mask. You have to make a reservation a day before you plan to dine in; to do so, fill out this formEach time slot is only for two hours. 

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Romantic Baboy

At the Romantic Baboy in Banawe, they have five time slots available, from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Each time slot is 90 minutes long. Customers are highly encouraged to make a reservation and to arrive 15 minutes before their time slot to allow time for safety protocols. 

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Jin Joo Korean Grill (The Podium)

Jin Joo is also ready to welcome customers back at The Podium. Their operating hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. They also have a no mask, no entry policy as well as disinfectant mats by the entrance. The staff are required to wear protective equipment and observe sanitation. There are marks and arrows in the restaurant for further instructions. 

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Oori (Sheraton Manila)

At Oori, apart from protective gears and mandatory health checks, they are all about contactless service: digital menus and payments. If needed, there are also disposable menus available. The restaurant is cleaned every two hours, with every table sanitized after each customer. 

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Seoul Train

Only 25 guests are allowed inside Seoul Train at a time, with four people seated diagonally at a table. Their hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. While reservations are required, Seoul Train also accepts walk-in customers. A strict no face mask, no entry police is implemented. 

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Seoul Station

Seoul Station created an entire video showing the safety measures they have in place, including how the place is sanitized. Four people are allowed per table, seated one meter apart.

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