Restaurants And Bars Can Begin Outdoor Dining From Today—But With Some New Restrictions

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Here are all the new rules.

After a roller coaster of rolling back restrictions and pulling the breaks at a moment’s notice, the lifting of the outdoor dining ban has been met with mixed reactions. Some owners are reluctant to invest the time and resources into resuming again, only to have to do reverse it all in a few weeks. While some restaurants wasted no time in announcing their reopening, but the release of new rules on January 28 (a day before things were about to get started again) may create further hesitation.

These are the major additions to the previous restrictions:

  • All employees must wear a face covering at all times except when they are alone in a private office with a closed door or when they are eating or drinking alone. This includes employees working in offices or cubicles.
  • Employees that come into contact with customers that are not able to wear face coverings at all times for medical reasons, will be required to wear a face shield with a drape attached to the edges and preferably tucked under the neck.
  • Entry screenings are conducted before employees may enter the workspace, in accordance with the County DPH Entry Screening guidance.
  • Tables need to be placed 8 feet apart. Additional precautions need to be taken to ensure this is adhered to like removing or taping seats to reduce occupancy, placing markings on floors to assure distancing, arranging seating in a way that minimizes face-to-face contact or adding partitions.
  • On-site dining must be limited to 6 people per table, and they must all be from the same household.
  • “household” does not include dormitories, fraternities, sororities, residential care facilities, boarding houses, hotels, motels, convents or monasteries.
  • All establishments need to both verbally and visually communicate that mixing outside of households is not permitted.
  • Televisions and screens need to be removed from the dining area or turned off.
  • Outdoor dining and wine service seating must be limited to 50% capacity.
  •  All spaces must allow a free flow of air throughout dining and areas with roofs are required to have at least three sides open.
  • Customers will need to wear masks whenever an employee approaches and when leaving the table.

The full list can be found here.

Featured Image: Old Pasadena

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