SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Gov. Gavin Newsom announced new guidelines for restaurants in the state to reopen dine-in services during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The guidelines include using disposable menus, suspending the use of shared condiments, and having patrons wait in their cars if their table isn’t ready.
Servers will wear masks and diners will be kept at least six feet apart.
Newsom didn’t set a strict limit on the number of diners allowed but gave suggestions on how to limit crowding such as using outdoor seating and encouraging take-out where possible.
When it comes to places like bars, pubs, or wineries, the guidelines say they should remain closed unless meals are being served.
Newsom said the guidelines are not static and will be updated and changed if needed.
The full list of restaurant guidelines can be found here.
State leaders announced indoor and outdoor malls can reopen for curbside pickup and office work can resume under new guidelines released Tuesday.
Car washes and pet grooming facilities can also reopen.
The governor says a healthy workforce is key as California gradually restarts its economy.
“I think there’s a deep desire for people to come back to work, not everybody is going to come back right away,” Newsom said.
But some counties are prepared to come back at a faster pace than the state.
Health officials announced Tuesday, Butte and El Dorado counties are the first two approved to go further into California’s phase two.
Counties met testing and tracing criteria set by the state, along with a mandate of no COVID-19 deaths and no more than one case per ten thousand people in the last two weeks.
The counties are now allowed to open dine-in restaurants and in-store shopping with modifications, along with outdoor museums and schools.
“The guidelines we put out today are not static, we recognize we’re going to hear from folks, what about want to be considerate of those and we by definition want to be considerate,” Newsom said.
The state guidelines say these counties still cannot open gyms, personal care salons and parlors or resume religious services or weddings in person.
The governor anticipates more counties could soon be added to the list of those allowed to go further than the state.
Reopening will most likely be a slow roll out with rural areas of California opening first for dine-in, and then restaurants in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and other urban areas that have seen more infections will remain closed longer.
Ultimately, it will be up to county officials to decide when it’s time to reopen their respective restaurants.
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