Public health guidance memo for restaurant managers planning to resume dine-in services Friday

DPHSS Guidance Memorandum 2020-09 — Guidance memo for restaurant managers on re-opening dine-in services

The Department of Public Health has issued a guidance memo for restaurant managers detailing the dine-in re-opening requirements that will take effect on Friday, May 29.

Guidance Memo 2020-09 will allow limited dine-in services in order to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19.

The guidance provides employee health, social distancing, ventilation, cleaning and disinfection procedures.

For example, salad bars, buffets, and self-service operations of any kind will remain prohibited at this time.


Outdoor dining will not only be allowed, it is recommended.

DPHSS Guidance Memorandum 2020-10 — Additional Businesses and Organizations Authorized to Operate during PCOR2


Guidance for Facial Coverings 

The CDC recommends that cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age two, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Pediatrician Dr. Michael Um, from the Physicians Advisory Group, recommends that facial
coverings should not be put on children and babies under the age of two because facial
coverings on toddlers and babies may cause suffocation.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends parents and guardians practice proper hygiene around children by frequent hand washing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, covering coughs and sneezes. Parents and guardians should use facial coverings and practicing social distancing when going out in public.