As expected, the Governor’s office and the Department of Health (DOH) have released updated guidance to help bars, restaurants, hotels and others implement the updated mitigation orders that will allow many businesses to increase their capacity starting April 4. Here is a link to the full guidance, as well as a link here for updated FAQ’s issued by the Department of Health, but I highlight a few of the main items below.
You can resume bar service provided you implement the following rules.
- Patrons must be seated in order to be served.
- Bar blocks or some type of divider must be used to separate parties. Alternatively, if partitions are not used, then seats between parties must be spaced at least 6 feet apart. If multiple people are in a party, they may sit next to one another at the bar, without 6 feet of space in between. The 6 feet of space is required between parties, not individuals in the same party.
- A customer may walk up to the bar in order to purchase food or drink but must then return to their seat in order to consume it.