It boils down to personal risk valuation and the risk you are willing to impose on others. Remember, this isn’t the plague, especially if you are young. Avoid oldsters (as if you hang out around them anyway, you punks).
The old? Older wait staff, etc. are probably the biggest concern for me. They really are on the front line. If they can’t be protected, then something needs to happen.
Older patrons most likely accept the risk as just one more risk of aging...among many. If they’re living by themselves or just a partner? Remember there are a lot of other infectious diseases out there, and we’ve let people manage their own risks up to now.
Care home? Probably not.
Do we have any resources which are aimed at helping people inform themselves of the risks associated with some choice they need to make? For example, sufficient information in just three areas could have made every relevant personal choice I've faced since March clear cut:
- Risks (death, hospitalization, long-term side-effects) _by demographic_.
- % chance of transmission for various common interactions (passing someone on the sidewalk, stopping to chat with someone on the sidewalk, grocery shopping, eating/drinking indoors/outdoors, etc).
- % spread by asymptomatic carriers v.s. symptomatic carriers.
Caveats abound, but I bet a skilled designer could find a way to present this information in an honest way which takes < 15 minutes to digest.
EDIT: It's a more pleasant experience to eat outside anyways. Hopefully the warm days will continue for another few weeks in the Northeast.