Salad bars, buffets, and self-service operations still prohibited

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The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) has issued DPHSS Guidance Memo 2021 REV1, relative to minimum requirements for the operation of restaurants, bars, taverns, and other Eating and Drinking Establishments (EDEs).

DPHSS Guidance Memo 2021-07 REV1 was updated to include the prohibition of salad bars, buffets, and self-service operations within EDEs. All other provisions remain unaffected at this time.

The purpose of Guidance Memo 2021-07 REV1 is to require EDEs, as defined in Title 10 GCA, Chapter 23, to implement mitigation measures to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus that causes COVID-19 from person-to-person spread and touching contact surfaces.

These minimum requirements also supplement the Guam Food Code, which is the regulations that govern the operation of restaurants, bars, taverns, and other EDEs on island.

DPHSS Guidance Memo 2021 REV1 supersedes DPHSS Guidance Memoranda 2020-12, 2020-15, 2020-23, and 2020-31 in whole or in part, which contradict or conflict with Executive Orders 2020-27 through 2020-41 and 2020-43 through 2020-46, 2021-01, and 2021-03 through 2021-04.

Written mitigation plans and requests for authorization are to be submitted to pcor3plans@dphss.guam.gov. For more information, please contact DPHSS Division of Environmental Health at 300-9579 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or email, dphss-deh@dphss.guam.gov. Click HERE to read DPHSS Guidance Memo 2021-07 REV1 in its entirety.

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