Some colleagues and I went to a Chinese restaurant this afternoon, and to my surprise the buffet items were not under a sneeze guard. I was under the impression that the same type of health regulations that mandated a clean plate with each buffet visit also required a sneeze guard over the food.
The food was presented on plates (without plate covers) on round tables. They weren’t in the traditional metal trays elevated over a sterno flame.
When I commented on this to some friends, I was told that there was another Indian restaurant that had buffet items that weren’t under a sneeze guard.
For the record the Chinese restaurant has been in the same location for years, so if they were violating health department regulations, I think they would have been told.
So am I mistaken? Are there some situations when a restaurant doesn’t need to put up sneeze guards?