TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Applebee's employees and customers are going through new normals as the dining experience has slightly changed.
Dining rooms opened back up May 18.
When customers come in, a host greets them and ask a few questions before being seated. Not only are the customers getting asked questions, but the employees are as well. Temperatures are also checked and logged as employees come in.
Dining tables are spaced out to ensure social distancing.
Applebee's management created a new position to help with the extra sanitation needs.
The sanitation specialist has a checklist to clean any high-touch areas such as: handrails, door handles and to deep clean the restrooms.
General Manager Angie Yingling said, "It was very important for them creating this position, it makes me feel good going home in the afternoon."
After every customer, employees are deep cleaning each table. Hydrogen peroxide is sprayed on tables and sits for one minute before it is cleaned off with water. Then the table is cleaned again with food safe sanitizer.
The inside waiting areas are closed, so customers are having to wait outside. To ensure social distancing, employees have painted apples and bees on the sidewalk six-feet apart.