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Bars, restaurants, patrons all taking precautions as restrictions are eased

By iwano@_84

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Restaurants are adapting to a new normal including returning to full capacity with social distancing and masks to keep customers and employees as safe as possible.

Masks, social distancing and hand sanitizer are all still realities for those looking for a night out on the town, capacity limits at restaurants and bars are not. Bar owners say it’s another step towards recovery while others are questioning the decision to ease restrictions.

Restaurants and bars are officially operating at full capacity for the first time since March. Some say the change in restriction is too early.

“I don’t think that we should be opening restaurants at all, I don’t think it’s really smart to do full capacity right now,” says tourist Daniel Wear.

Like so many others, Wear says COVID-19 has kept him out of public settings since the pandemic began.

“My mom has pre-existing conditions, my

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Yelp flags restaurants accused of racism, raising concerns

By iwano@_84

Now Yelp, the platform that has more than 200 million crowdsourced reviews, announced Thursday that it will start flagging businesses that have been accused of racism, a new practice that some critics say could be abused by users.

In a blog post by Noorie Malik, the vice president of user operations, Yelp announced it will affix a “Business Accused of Racist Behavior” alert on accounts only when there is “resounding evidence of egregious, racist actions from a business owner or employee, such as using overtly racist slurs or symbols.” The alert will always be accompanied by a link to a news story from a credible media outlet, Malik wrote.

“As the nation reckons with issues of systemic racism, we’ve seen in the last few months that there is a clear need to warn consumers about businesses associated with egregious, racially-charged actions to help people make more informed spending decisions,” Malik

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Softbank’s new food service robot Servi could replace waitstaff and food runners at restaurants

By iwano@_84

a woman sitting at a table with a plate of food: Softbank Servi. Reuters

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Softbank Servi. Reuters

  • Japanese company Softbank debuted Servi, a new food service robot.
  • Softbank is the company behind humanoid robot Pepper and the owner of Boston Dynamics.
  • Servi has already worked at Denny’s and other restaurants amid Japan’s labor shortage.
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Japanese tech giant Softbank is testing out a new food service robot in Japan, Reuters reported. Servi, the appropriately-named robot, has several tiers that can be used to deliver food to customers as an answer both to social distancing because of COVID-19 and Japan’s labor shortage.

Servi will act as a waiter, with the ability to carry food and drinks from the kitchen to tables. It will use 3D cameras and LIDAR technology to navigate around tables and customers, the same technology used by autonomous vehicles. It officially launches in Japan in January but has already been tested by some restaurants

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