Public Health issues revised guidance for dine-in restaurants

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DPHSS Guidance Memo 2020-12

The Department of Public Health has issued DPHSS Guidance Memo 2020-12 relative to revised minimum requirements for dine-in restaurants.

The revised guidance amends/add the following provisions:

● recommends covering chairs if made of fabric and other porous materials with
non-porous material for easy cleaning and disinfection or disposable coverings as an
alternative (such as paper coverings);

● exempts booth seating from the 6ft separation requirement provided that physical barriers
are installed between booths or existing barriers are tall enough to adjacent parties;

● to the extent feasible, requires staff to maintain 6 ft separation; and

● requires customers to utilize hand sanitizer or wash hands upon entry.

For further questions, please contact the Division of Environmental Health at 300-9579 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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