Eating In The Olympic Dining Hall During COVID

Things are looking a little different at the Olympics this year — especially when it comes time to sit down for a meal.

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The Olympic dining hall has a very different atmosphere than usual, and it’s all to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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The International Olympic Committee and the host city of Tokyo have implemented intense safety protocols to help keep the best athletes in the world healthy when they stop by for a bite to eat.

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Some of these elite athletes are even giving us an inside look at the experience, which *spoiler alert* involves a lot of hand sanitizer.

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First, masked-up athletes sanitize their hands:

Next, athletes put on a pair of disposable gloves before touching anything inside the dining hall:

Then, they can grab a sanitized tray and pick out what they’d like to eat:

Athletes are then seated at tables separated by clear plexiglass dividers and given sanitizing wipes to further clean their dining area:

Finally, they are permitted to remove their masks and dig in:

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Team Australia has even implemented a rule that limits athletes to a 10-minute mealtime to minimize their exposure to COVID. 

And on the way out? A new mask and more hand sanitizer!