Your dining room should be a safe place for your customers to enjoy a delicious meal.

Ensure their safety by adhering to all social distancing guidelines and keeping your dining areas properly sanitized. Many customers may be wary about coming into restaurants, so it is vital to your business that you take every precaution to reassure customers they are entering a clean and safe environment.

Consider the following:

For layout:

  • Keep tables 10 feet apart (edge to edge) in distance. Layout several seating options to maximize social distancing and seating. You may have to consider removing booths or changing the type of table or chairs to achieve this.
  • Each table should allow no more than 6 seats for social distancing.
  • Evaluate if you need to move your host or hostess stand to accommodate social distancing requirements.
  • If you have bar business, space bar stools apart.
  • Position hand sanitizer dispensers by entrance for customers use and add more dispensers throughout the restaurant if needed.
  • Place a clean cover over ice in wells behind bars for customer safety.
  • If you have carpet, consider replacing it with a hard surface for easy cleaning and maintenance.
  • Consider re-painting the walls or apply a quick touch up for a fresh and clean new look for customers.
  • Make sure air vents are cleaned or replaced for a clean look.
  • Post a statement about the steps you are taking to keep the facility clean and sanitary for your customers. Consider printing this on the back of disposable menus.

During service:

  • Train your host or hostess to open the door for every customer to minimize touch.
  • Instruct front of the house employees to constantly wipe down door handles during service time.
  • If there is a refuse container by the entrance, be sure it is emptied and cleaned throughout the day.
  • To reduce customer concerns, ensure staff members are also adhering to social distancing guidelines by keeping their distance from each other.
  • Ensure shelves holding alcohol and wine are cleaned daily. This also applies to any alcohol, wine bottles, or other frequently touched bar supplies.

Additional Resources:

Equipment and Supplies

National Restaurant Association Reopening Guide

Table Turnover

*This information is presented for guidance only, and is not a formal endorsement or recommendation of a particular response. This information is not legal, financial, medical, or safety advice. Please consult the CDC and your state’s department of public health for up-to-date guidance for your location.

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