Best practices to safely open during the COVID-19 pandemic

RESPONSIBLE RESTAURANT CHECKLIST

  • Restaurants may allow  parties up to 25 persons or less whether seated together or across multiple tables.

  • All seating may be indoor and outdoor spaced at least 6 feet apart. If tables are not movable, parties must be seated at least 6 feet apart.

  • Patrons may wait for takeout or for seated dining in a designated area if 6 feet physical distance can be maintained.

  • Live musicians must remain at least 10 feet from patrons and staff.

  • Bar seats and congregation areas of restaurants must be closed to patrons except for through-traffic. Non-bar seating may be used for seating if located at least 6 feet between parties at tables.

  • Facial coverings over the mouth and nose are required for customer-facing employees. ​​

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  • Alcoholic beverage service on premises shall be suspended after 10PM each night. 

  • All dining and congregation areas shall be closed between 12AM and 5AM.

  • Self-service may be utilized provided a trained staff can continuously monitor the area with materials or utensils changed hourly. Barriers such as gloves or deli tissue must be used when touching self-service items.​

  • Frequently contacted surfaces must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected every 60 minutes during operation. Tabletops, chairs, and credit card/bill folders must be cleaned between patrons.

  • Use of disposable menus is suggested.

  • Provide clear communication and signage for physical distancing in areas where individuals may congregate, especially at entrances, in seating areas, and in check-out lines.

  • Test your workforce for COVID-19 (strongly encouraged).

  • Hand sanitizer must be easily accessible.

  • Contactless ordering & payment is strongly encouraged.

  • All businesses must remain in compliance with all Federal and State regulations.