A new future for communal dining?
Most Asian cultures practise communal dining as a way of sharing a sense of closeness and affection among family and friends. In face of the threats posed by the virus, industry insiders are expecting substantial tweaks to the format.
China for instance launched a “communal chopsticks” campaign earlier this year to educate and encourage its citizens to use communal chopsticks when dining out.
The future of self-serve buffets, another popular dining option across Asia, is also left in doubt as there are multiple touchpoints at the counters.