Guidance for Businesses in the Restaurant Industry Permitted to Operate During the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency to Ensure the Safety and Health of Employees and the Public
The virus that causes the Coronavirus 2019 Disease (“COVID-19”) is easily transmitted, especially in group settings, and it is essential that the spread of the virus be slowed to safeguard public health and safety.
COVID-19 can be transmitted from infected individuals even if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are mild, such as a cough. It can also be spread by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes. This guidance document addresses the procedures businesses in the restaurant industry must follow to limit the spread of COVID-19 to the extent they are permitted to conduct in-person operations.
Businesses Subject to This GuidanceThe Commonwealth is employing a regional and industry-specific approach to reopening non-life-sustaining businesses. All business owners should refer to the Commonwealth’s Phased Reopening website for the most current county designations
Significance of Red-Yellow-Green Phases for Restaurant and Retail Food Service BusinessesRetail food service businesses, restaurants, and private event spaces and wedding venues with food service located in counties designated as being in the Red phase are permitted to provide take-out and delivery sales only and may not allow the service or consumption of food or beverages on the premises.
Retail food service businesses, restaurants, private event spaces and wedding venues with food service located in counties designated as being in the Yellow phase are permitted to provide take-out and delivery sales, as well as dine-in service in outdoor seating areas so long as they strictly adhere to the requirements of this guidance including maximum occupancy limits.
Private event spaces and wedding venues which do not offer food service are not subject to this guidance, but must follow all applicable provisions of the commonwealth’s Guidance for Businesses Permitted to Operate During the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency to Ensure the Safety and Health of Employees and the Public.
No business is required to conduct in-person operations, and should not do so if the business is unable to do so in accordance with all applicable guidance.