Social distancing restrictions in Dubai will be ‘severe but short-lived’

An F&B dining white paper by Roar suggests things will return to normal

Currently, all tables must be disinfected after use
Currently, all tables must be disinfected after use

Social distancing restrictions in Dubai restaurants “will be severe but short-lived”, while buffets and sharing menus could be on the way out.

Those are among the findings of an F&B industry white paper from interior design studio Roar which featured a focus group of nine industry experts and a survey of 170 industry professionals.

Georgy John, COO of Gastronomics, Jamal Wick, partner of Flip International, and Paul Bishop, owner and founder of Bishop Design, were among the nine industry experts who took part in the white paper.

According to the experts and survey respondents, we will have removed social distancing requirements from restaurants by early 2021, with 68% expecting it to be done by then. By contrast, just 5% believed it would take until 2022, while another 5% felt social distancing will always be a requirement from now on.

Currently, restaurants in Dubai are only allowed to operate at 30% capacity and with 2m space between tables.

But while most thought we would return to usual dining seating arrangements, not so many felt we would see the return of the buffet and sharing meu. Almost 75% of respondents believed they won’t survive in their present form, and one panellist said: “Look, the buffet was on its way out anyway. Brunches have been moving towards a la carte and a la minute for some time.”

You can see the full white paper, with more insights into contactless dining and restaurant design at the Roar website here.

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