As restrictions are being lifted it's only natural for us to venture back out and explore what we've missed over the past year and a half. Here are some tips to help ensure you, and everyone else, have the best time possible while visiting.
While restrictions have lifted, many businesses still may not have the same operating hours they did before the pandemic, or they may have certain capacity restrictions in place. It's best to check their website, social media profiles or even call ahead before coming by to make sure you don't end up outside looking through a locked door with no lights on inside.
It's definitely a job seeker's market right now, meaning a lot of businesses are struggling to fill vacant positions. That's especially true in the hospitality sector. Keep in mind that it's possible the businesses you plan on visiting may have longer wait times than normal because they're understaffed or onboarding new staff. Be patient with the people behind the counter, chances are they're more stressed than you are: at least you're on vacation, right? And if you know someone in the area who is looking for a new job, direct them to our jobs listings board. You can help them, help the business and maybe speed up your next visit in one easy referral.
While restrictions are easing and we're all understandably excited, the last thing anyone wants to do is be party to a backslide. Many businesses around Stockton have Stockton Healthy Pledge hand sanitizer stations near their entrance, or they provide their own. Take advantage of those when you see them. You might not only prevent COVID from making a comeback, but help keep yourself protected from any other germs that cause colds, stomach bugs and any other less than pleasant situations. Plus, if you're not feeling well, it's best to stay home. Even if it's not COVID, the only thing worse than standing next to someone sneezing or coughing and wondering "What if" is being the guy coughing or sneezing and getting the side eye.
For some people, social distancing has been a bit of a blessing. They already weren't comfortable with people near their bubble and the pandemic only made it worse. Give a few extra inches to those around you if you can. Standing a bit further in line won't get you to the front any later, and it can help prevent the person in front of you from getting uncomfortable. After all, there's a reason the phrase "breathing down your neck" is considered a negative thing.
Our goal is for everyone to have a positive experience when they visit Stockton. By continuing to work together, we can ensure things keep getting better and help everyone have the best time possible.
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