Food·Posted on Jul 26, 2021Eating In The Olympic Dining Hall Looks Very Different For Athletes This Year*Spoiler alert* — it involves a lot of hand sanitizer.by Alex GurleyBuzzFeed ContributorFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Things are looking a little different at the Olympics this year — especially when it comes time to sit down for a meal. Lintao Zhang / Getty Images The Olympic dining hall has a very different atmosphere than usual, and it's all to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Xinhua News Agency / Xinhua News Agency via Getty Images The International Olympic Committee and the host city of Tokyo have implemented intense safety protocols to help keep the best athletes in the world healthy when they stop by for a bite to eat. Xinhua News Agency / Xinhua News Agency via Getty Images Some of these elite athletes are even giving us an inside look at the experience, which *spoiler alert* involves a lot of hand sanitizer. Franck Fife / AFP via Getty Images Team Australia water polo player Tilly Kearns gave a behind-the-scenes look at the dining hall when she recently documented meal time from start to finish on TikTok: @tillykearns Olympic dining hall COVID protocols #olympicspirit #tokyoolympics #olympics #australia what else do you want to see?? ♬ Say So (Instrumental Version) [Originally Performed by Doja Cat] - Elliot Van Coup First, masked-up athletes sanitize their hands: @tillykearns / Via tiktok.com Next, athletes put on a pair of disposable gloves before touching anything inside the dining hall: @tillykearns / Via tiktok.com Then, they can grab a sanitized tray and pick out what they'd like to eat: @tillykearns / Via tiktok.com Athletes are then seated at tables separated by clear plexiglass dividers and given sanitizing wipes to further clean their dining area: @tillykearns / Via tiktok.com Finally, they are permitted to remove their masks and dig in: @tillykearns / Via tiktok.com Team Australia has even implemented a rule that limits athletes to a 10-minute mealtime to minimize their exposure to COVID. And on the way out? A new mask and more hand sanitizer! @tillykearns / Via tiktok.com And while it may seem like a lot of work just to get fed, there's apparently a TON of options: @saltynuts_ Olympic Dining hall tour #tokyoolympics #olympics #ireland #tokyo #olympicgames #foodtok ♬ original sound - Harry Mcnulty Apparently there's way more variety than there was in Rio, according to Team Australia tennis player Luke Saville: @daria_gavtennis Which cuisine would you go for? #olympics #teamaustralia #olympicspirit #tokyoolympics ♬ Drive Forever - Tendency Challenge And if you ask Team USA rugby player Ilona Maher, the food is amazing: @ilonamaher Yes, I’m an Olympian but I still like cheese #beastbeautybrains #olympics #tokyoolympics #tokyo2020 #ClearGenius #dininghall #teamusa #olympicvillage ♬ original sound - Ilona Maher And the gyozas? The "best in the world": @ilonamaher I eat them for every meal #beastbeautybrains #olympics #tokyoolympics #dininghall #tokyo2020 #gyoza #dumpling ♬ original sound - Ilona Maher Bon appétit, Olympians!