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Solo dining may be the sweet spot for Covid-19 safety, eatery income

Solo diners have always known the private pleasure of eating alone. But during the pandemic, its public value shines in terms of safety and mental wellness for the community, and possibly economic ways for eateries.

The solo paying customer could be counted on as a thread of income - a lifeline for some - that eateries could hold on to throughout the marathon roller-coaster ride of mutating Covid-19 measures.PHOTO: ST FILE

Can we please bury the so-called stigma of solo dining, especially if it can be considered as a sweet spot for combining Covid-19 safety and eatery income?

For years, lone voices clapped back at sheeple bleating pityingly and lamely ("oh, poor thing") at people eating alone. But with the pandemic making solo dining a more mainstream experience and a possible small, steady income lifeline for eateries, it's time to embrace it as a normal way of dining.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 01, 2021, with the headline 'Solo dining may be the sweet spot for Covid-19 safety, eatery income'. Subscribe