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Friday, June 12, 2020
What dining at IHOP in Rockville will be like when indoor seating resumes
The tents out in front of IHOP at the Ritchie Center on Rockville Pike are the most visible sign of coronavirus-era dining at the popular restaurant. But behind the scenes, IHOP is preparing for the green light from Montgomery County to allow dine-in service again. The County hasn't even moved to Phase 2 yet, much less the indoor dining with restrictions of Phase 3, but here's a sneak preview of what dining at IHOP will be like when it does.
Diners will be asked to wait in their cars outside to be informed that a table is ready for them. Only a limited number of diners will be allowed inside at one time, and diners with fevers or other COVID-19 symptoms will be turned away. Hand sanitizer will be available, and all high-touch surfaces will be sanitized throughout the day.
Once seated, you will order from a single-use paper menu that will be thrown away. Syrup and other condiments will be served in single-use containers. Staff will wear masks and will be subject to daily wellness and temperature checks. For now, however, takeout and curbside pickup are available.