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What Could Be Banned in a Post-COVID World

Restaurants, gyms, shopping, and a lot more things might look different after COVID-19.

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There’s no denying that our world looks a lot different than it used to a couple of months ago. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of things that we once didn’t even think twice about being able to do suddenly became banned for health and safety reasons. While some of these things will become part of our lives once the cities reopen, some things will, unfortunately, remain banned. If you’ve been wondering which one of your favorite activities you might have to part with for longer, we looked into what might be banned in a post-coronavirus world for you. Make sure you also check out the everyday habits that could (and should) change forever after coronavirus.

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Flying without face masks

If you find the idea of wearing a face mask on a multi-hour flight unbearable, this might be the time to try and find a different mode of transportation. “U.S. airlines are very serious about requiring face coverings on their flights,” Airlines for America president and CEO Nicholas E. Calio said in a statement. “Carriers are stepping up enforcement of face coverings and implementing substantial consequences for those who do not comply with the rules.” Here’s what travel might look like after coronavirus.

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Alcohol on flights

Are you a fan of on-flight drinks? Then we have some bad news for you. In response to the pandemic, major airlines such as Easyjet, KLM, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, and Virgin Australia, are suspending all or part of their alcoholic drinks service according to CNN. Which means that it might be time to stick to club soda during your travels.

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Restaurants running in full capacity

Most of us have been eagerly waiting for the day that we can have a sit-down meal at a restaurant again. However, it is certain that our dining experience will look different than before once that day arrives. Jason Berry, co-founder of KNEAD Hospitality + Design told Food & Wine that he expected to see reduced occupancy in the dining rooms and bar areas of restaurants. In line with what Berry predicted, restaurants and beverage establishments that reopened in Washington, D.C. were allowed to use up to 50 percent of their indoor capacity, according to WUSA9 News. Here are the things you shouldn’t do in reopened restaurants.

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Full-capacity group fitness classes

For gym-goers of all levels, group workout classes are a fun and popular option. But like most things, they will also look a lot different after COVID-19. Gyms are limiting the number of participants and requiring people to sign up in advance for workout classes that are taking place indoors, according to Insider. Check out the other ways gyms will change post coronavirus.

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Book clubs

Are you part of a book club? It might be a while until you get to physically go attend it again. According to Kelly Roberts, who holds a book club with Book Blop in San Francisco, book clubs and other community events won’t start happening until after three months, and they will be happening in a limited capacity when they do. Find out more about how bookstores and libraries will change.

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Spontaneous gym visits

The days where you were able to spontaneously drop by your local gym might be a thing of the past. For example, the well-known fitness chain Equinox will have members book visits in advance, and members will be limited to three 90-minute appointments in a seven-day period, according to ABC7. But who knows, scheduling your gym visits might help keep you more accountable.

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Beauty samples in stores

“Particularly when it comes to things like lipsticks and lip balms, I wouldn’t expect to see those set out anytime soon,” says Julie Ramhold, consumer analyst with “Other samples like lotions and perfumes may also be restricted, as even though it’s not a product that would go on your face, it’s still something that encourages multiple uses from all the shoppers.” Next, check out when things might go back to normal after coronavirus.