Covid-19 Restaurant Rules and Restrictions: a State-By-State Reopening Guide

Here's a current list of regulations broken down by state. Updates on Fridays.
July 26, 2021, 03:12 PM UTC
Covid-19 Restaurant Rules and Restrictions: a State-By-State Reopening Guide

It’s hard to keep track of anything in 2020, and statewide dining restrictions for restaurants due to the COVID-19 pandemic are at the top of that list. Due to recent surges in cases of the novel coronavirus nationwide, many states have reinstated restaurant rules they'd previously rolled back during reopening earlier this year. As the winter approaches, COVID-19 cases are expected to climb, so restaurants may face more closures or restrictions on opening in the coming months.

To help restaurants across the country find up-to-date information on whether they're allowed to open during the coronavirus pandemic, we've compiled this 50-state index of COVID-19 restaurant & bar rules. We'll be updating this story weekly on Fridays with relevant adjustments to each state's restaurant restrictions.

Pro tip: Use Control+F (Windows) or Command+F (Mac) to quickly locate your state's guidelines!

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ALABAMA

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 100%
  • Bars + Breweries: OPEN at 100%

According to Alabama Public Health, patrons are encouraged to adhere to social distancing guidelines in bar areas. A state-wide mask mandate remains in effect. 

ALASKA

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): 100% open, with restrictions
  • Bars (Indoor + Outdoor): 100% open, with restrictions. 

Bars and restaurants may resume full operations. Face coverings and reservations are encouraged; however, walk-ins are permitted.

ARIZONA

  • Restaurants: OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 
  • Bars: OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 

According to Arizona Department of Health Services, restaurants can open without capacity restrictions however are still required to keep individuals or groups at least 6 feet from one another. 

ARKANSAS

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 
  • Bars within restaurants: OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 
  • Freestanding Bars + Clubs: OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 

As of March, Gov. Hutchinson announced all capacity restrictions are lifted at restaurants; however, the max mandate is still in place.

CALIFORNIA

  • Restaurants (Indoor Dining): OPEN at 50% capacity (or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
  • Restaurants (Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 
  • Outdoor Wineries + Tasting Rooms: OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 
  • Bars, Breweries + Pubs (that don’t offer sit-down dining): OPEN at 50% (or 200 people, whichever is fewer)

As of May 5, customers from up to six (6) households may be seated together as a party of six if they are all fully vaccinated. And for outdoor dining, customers from up to eight (8) households may be seated together as a party of eight if they are fully vaccinated. Bars, breweries and pubs are also now allowed to resume operation. However, as of July 15 2021, mask mandates have returned to indoor dining due to the rise of COVID cases.

COLORADO

  • Restaurants (Indoor Dining): OPEN at 100%
  • Restaurants (Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 
  • Bars + Breweries + Distilleries + Clubs (that do not serve food from a licensed retail food establishment): OPEN at 100%

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, Colorad0 is at Level Blue COVID-19 restrictions will allow restaurants to move to 100%. Patrons in different parties should be a minimum of 6 feet apart. The spacing of tables may need to be 6 feet or more to ensure proper physical distancing between diners from different parties.

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CONNECTICUT 

  • Restaurants (Indoor Dining): OPEN at 100%
  • Bars: OPEN at 100%

As of May 19, restaurants can now stay open until midnight; restaurants and bars can serve alcohol outside without serving food. There are no table size limits. Indoor diners are still requored to wear masks.

DELAWARE

  • Restaurants (Indoor Dining): OPEN at 60%, with restrictions
  • Restaurants (Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions
  • Bars (Indoor): OPEN at 50%, with restrictions
  • Bars (Outdoor): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions

According to Delaware Health and Social Services, effective July 3, 2020 the following additional restrictions shall apply to taprooms and bar service in restaurants:

  • Taprooms, brewpubs and restaurants may not permit patrons to sit or stand at a bar, but may open the bar to prepare drinks to be brought to diners seated at tables. 
  • Taprooms, brewpubs and restaurants that choose to use designated bar space for seating patrons must arrange tables consistent with the Phase 2 Reopen Plan to allow for minimum social distancing
  • Bar games such as pool, darts, pinball machines, and similar may take place but masks must be worn

FLORIDA

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 100%
  • Bars (Indoor + Outdoor): OPEN at 100%

GEORGIA

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 100%
  • Bars (Indoor + Outdoor): OPEN at 100%

As of May 1, 2021, the governor removed the remaining social distancing requirements at bars and restaurants and eliminated masks requirements for customer-facing staff like servers and bartenders. However, restaurants and bars can continue to individually implement these and other safety measures, including requiring both staff and patrons to wear masks and limiting capacity.

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HAWAII

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 75%, with restrictions 
  • Bars (Indoor + Outdoor): OPEN at 75%, with restrictions

As of March, Hawaii significantly eased COVID restrictions and is now under the modifications to Tier 3 of the city’s reopening strategy.

Oahu bars, which have been shut down since August, can reopen immediately and operate the same way that restaurants do. Both bars and restaurants will be allowed to serve alcohol until midnight. Previously, restaurants had to stop serving alcohol at 10 p.m.

IDAHO

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Out Dining): OPEN at 100% capacity (seating only)
  • Bars + Nightclubs (Indoor + Outdoor): OPEN at 100% capacity (seating only)

According to Idaho’s Official Government Website, standing-room service will be prohibited at bars, restaurants and nightclubs in an effort to discourage social mingling. Limited occupancy encouraged, but not required, as long as social distancing maintained.

ILLINOIS

  • Restaurants (Indoor Dining): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions
  • Restaurants (Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 
  • Bars (that do not offer food service): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions

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As of March 2, City officials that, effective immediately, restaurants, bars and events can offer indoor service at 50% capacity. Outdoor dining can now also accommodate more than six people per table. Restaurants, bars and event venues will be limited to 50 people within any one space. The curfew for restaurants and bars is being extended from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Alcohol sales from liquor stores and other establishments can also continue until 11 p.m., after nearly a year of being limited to a 9 p.m. stop time.

INDIANA

  • Restaurants (Indoor and Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 50%, with restrictions  
  • Bars + Nightclubs (INDOOR): OPEN at 50%, with restrictions
  • Bars + Nightclubs (OUTDOOR): OPEN at 50%, with restrictions

According to the Indiana State Department of Health, restaurants and bars must maintain appropriate social distancing. A bar section must have people seated. A state-wide mask mandate will remain in effect. 

IOWA

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions
  • Bars (Indoor + Outdoor): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 

According to the State of Iowa’s Alcoholic Beverage Division, effective at 12:01 a.m. on November 17, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on December 10 the following guidelines must be followed:

  • A restaurant or bar, including a wedding reception venue, winery, brewery, distillery, country club, or other social or fraternal club, may reopen or remain open to serve food and beverages on its premises, but only to the extent that it complies with the following requirements:
  • Hours limited: The establishment must close to the general public for in-person consumption on its premises at 10:00 p.m. and may not reopen until 6:00 a.m. the following day. No serving or consuming may occur on the premises after 10:00 p.m. This does not prohibit an establishment from continuing to serve food or beverages, to the extent permitted by applicable law if the food or beverages are promptly taken from the premises, such as a carry-out or drive through basis, or if the food or beverage is delivered to customers off the premises.
  • Social distancing: The establishment must ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining alone. Seating at booths closer than six feet may satisfy this requirement if the booths are separated by a barrier of a sufficient height to fully separate seated customers. All patrons must have a seat at a table or booth and must consume their food or beverage while seated at the table or booth. Seating at a bar is not allowed. Establishments must limit patrons from congregating together closer than six feet.
  • Groups limited: The establishment must limit the group size seated together to no more than eight people unless all members of the group are members of the same household.
  • Private gatherings prohibited: The establishment must not host private social gatherings larger than 15 people indoors or 30 people outdoors that are prohibited by this Proclamation, regardless of the group size seated together at a table.
  • Masks required while not seated: The establishment must require all customers to wear a mask or face covering while in the establishment unless seated at a properly distanced booth or table. This includes while participating in any games, pool, arcades, dancing, or karaoke. The establishment must also require all employees who interact with customers to wear a mask or face covering

KANSAS

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 100%
  • Bars (Indoor + Outdoor): OPEN at 100%

KENTUCKY

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 50% (seated only), with restrictions 
  • Bars (Indoor + Outdoor): OPEN at 50% (seated only), with restrictions 

The regulations according to Kentucky’s “Healthy At Work” Policy are as follows:

  • All customers at a bar or restaurant must be seated and served at tables or booths
  • Discontinue all bar seating and bar service 
  • Discontinue dine-in food and drink service by 11:00 p.m. local prevailing time.
  • Close no later than 12:00 a.m. local prevailing time, except for drive-thru, carry-out and delivery services.
  • Limit the number of customers present inside any given establishment to 50% of the maximum permitted occupancy or the greatest number that permits individuals not from the same household to maintain six (6) feet of space between each other with that level of occupancy. 
  • For booth seating only, restaurants may install non-porous physical barriers (e.g., plexiglass shields) between booths to permit usage of sequential booths unable to be separated by six (6) feet so long as the barrier effectively separates the opposite sides of the barrier. 
  • Establishments that choose to have outdoor seating may do so without those customers counting against the 50% occupancy limit so long as those customers remain seated and at least six (6) feet of space is maintained between customers at different tables. 
  • If an establishment uses a tent, at least 50% of the tent perimeter (e.g., 2 sides of a square tent) must remain completely open at all times and six (6) feet of space must be maintained between customers at different tables. 
  • If an establishment uses a tent with fewer than 50% of the perimeter (e.g., for a square tent, fewer than 2 sides) completely open, that tent is considered interior space and is subject to the 50% capacity limitation noted above. 
  •  Prohibit customer traffic in the bar or restaurant except for the purposes of entry 

LOUISIANA

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 75%, with restrictions 
  • Bars (Indoor + Outdoor): OPEN at 75% of capacity or up to 50 patrons (seated only), with restrictions

According to The Advocate, Louisiana bars can only start serving again in parishes that show a positivity rate of 5 percent or less for two consecutive weeks, and if the local governing authority – presumably the mayor – opts to do so.

MAINE

  • Restaurants (Indoor Dining): OPEN (50 people maximum)
  • Restaurants (Outdoor Dining) OPEN (100 people maximum)
  • Bars and Tasting Rooms (Indoor + Outdoor): CLOSED

According to the State of Maine, the state was set to move into Phase 4, which would allow bars to reopen and restaurants to increase capacity to 50%; however, the governor put this plan “on hold” as cases began to surge. 

MARYLAND

  • Restaurants (Indoor): OPEN at 50%, with restrictions
  • Restaurants (Outdoor): OPEN at 75% with restrictions
  • Bars (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 50%, with restrictions 

According to the Maryland Department of Health, all establishments should establish a 6-foot marking system to visually demonstrate the recommended social distancing at all locations where customers and staff congregate. Customers seated at the bar must comply with the appropriate social distancing guidelines of at least 6 feet, except for households or a group seated together. Standing in a bar area should not be permitted.

As of November 18th, a 10 p.m. curfew for all bars and restaurants across the state will be enforced to tighten capacity limits.

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MASSACHUSETTS

  • Restaurants (Indoor Dining): OPEN at 100% occupancy, with restrictions
  • Restaurants (Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 100% occupancy, with restrictions
  • Bars and Nightclubs (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions

As of March 1, restaurants in Massachusetts will no longer be subject to percentage-based capacity limits, as the state enters Phase 3, Step 2 of its reopening plan. Restaurants will also be permitted to host musical performances; must adhere to six-foot social distancing, limits of six people per table.

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MICHIGAN

  • Restaurants (Indoor Dining): OPEN at 50% (or 100 people, whichever is fewer), with restrictions
  • Restaurants (Outdoor DIning): OPEN at 50%, with restrictions 
  • Bars (if they derive more than 70% of their gross receipts from alcohol): OPEN at 50%, with restrictions

As of June 1, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced all indoor gatherings can open at 50% capacity; additionally, there are no longer any restrictions on outdoor gatherings or a curfew for bars or restaurants.

MINNESOTA

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 50%, with restrictions
  • Bars (Indoor + Outdoor): OPEN at 50%, with restrictions

According to Minnesota's Industry Health Guidelines, occupancy capacity is limited to no more than 50% of established capacity, up to a maximum of 250 patrons inside (from 150 patrons); and a maximum of 250 patrons outside (from 150 patrons). Social distancing of 6 feet must be maintained between parties. Onsite dining hours are between 4:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. (previously 10:00 p.m.) Take-out and delivery may occur after 11:00 p.m. Party/table size must be limited to no more than six people. A party of two may be seated together at a bar or counter. Patrons are required to wear masks indoors, except when eating or drinking and must be seated in all areas, except for limited, separated activities outlined in the restaurant guidance.

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MISSISSIPPI

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 75%, with restrictions 
  • Bars (Indoor + Outdoor): OPEN at 75%, with restrictions 

According to the Mississippi Department of Health, all parties or groups must be separated by a minimum of 6 feet. Bars may sell alcohol only to seated customers and hours are restricted to 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

MISSOURI

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 50%, with restrictions  
  • Bars (Indoor + Outdoor): OPEN at 50%, with restrictions  

As of March 1, restaurants, taverns, and venues for food and drink must limit occupancy to 50%; require indoor patrons to be seated and wearing masks unless actively eating or drinking; limit parties to 10 or fewer persons. Bars and restaurants that serve alcohol must limit groups to 10 persons; observe social distancing between tables; require customers to wear masks when not seated and require customers to remain seated when not entering, exiting, or visiting the restroom, bar, or buffet.

MONTANA

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 50%, with restrictions 
  • Bars, Distilleries and Breweries (Indoor + Outdoor): OPEN at 50%, with restrictions 

According to the State of Montana, establishments must follow physical distancing guidelines (at least 6 feet apart). Bars and restaurants must remove all customers by 10:00 p.m. Mask required while indoors (except for when eating and drinking). 

NEBRASKA

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 
  • Bars, Distilleries and Breweries (Indoor + Outdoor): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 

According to Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services. Patrons must remain seated unless placing order or going to a restroom. Table size limited to eight.

NEVADA

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 50%, with restrictions 
  • Bars, Pubs, Wineries and Breweries: OPEN at 50%, with restrictions 

A Nevada Covid-19 task force recently met to discuss lifting restriction on bars. Bars and restaurants can operate within limitations including mourning distance between customers and facial coverings all around. Customers seated at tables can still be served alcohol, but they cannot congregate in bar areas or be served at the bar. All bar tops will be closed. 

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NEW HAMPSHIRE

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 
  • Bars (Indoor + Outdoor): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 

According to New Hampshire's Food Service Industry, social distancing must be built into food service operations to maintain a safe distance of at least 6 feet between employees and customers when feasible.

Limit tables to no more than six (6) adults per table and no more than ten (10) individuals total. 4) Table spacing (both indoors and outdoors) should be maintained so people sitting at adjacent tables are more than 6 feet apart. 

Bar areas can open while following social distancing protocols between groups or individuals seated at the bar (capacity may be affected to maintain the appropriate social distancing). Customers are not allowed to stand/mingle in the bar area and must be seated (no groups interacting with each other). 

NEW JERSEY

  • Restaurants (Indoor Dining): OPEN at 25%, with restrictions 
  • Restaurants (Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 
  • Bars (Indoor): OPEN at 25%, with restrictions 
  • Bars (Outdoor): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 

According to the Official State Site of New Jersey, restaurants and bars must adhere to the following:

  • Limit seating to a maximum of 8 customers per table - unless from an immediate family or the same household – and arrange seating to achieve a minimum distance of 6 feet between parties;
  • Require customers to provide a phone number if making a reservation to facilitate contact tracing
  • Require customers who wish to enter the indoor portion of the establishment to wear a face covering, unless the customer has a medical reason for not doing so or is a child under two years of age;
  • Require that groups stay 6 feet apart, even in areas where groups are not assigned seating
  • All restaurants, bars, clubs, and lounges that serve food and drink must close their indoor premises for business by 10 pm each day and cannot open until at least 5 am the following day. Outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery services may continue past 10 pm. 

NEW MEXICO

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 50%, with restrictions 
  • Bars + Nightclubs (Indoor + Outdoor): CLOSED

According to the New Mexico Department of Health, food and drink establishments must complete the New Mexico Safe Certification program by Oct. 30 to offer indoor dining at 25% of maximum capacity. If a food establishment fails to complete the free certification program, it will not be allowed to provide indoor dining. All tables, whether located indoors or outdoors, must be spaced at least six feet apart, and no more than six patrons are permitted at a single table.  Any food or drink establishment in New Mexico that serves alcohol must close at 10 p.m. each night. The businesses must also consent to spot testing of employees, and establish a logbook of all customers who dine-in. 

NEW YORK 

  • Restaurants (Indoor Dining): OPEN a 100%, with restrictions
  • Restaurants (Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 
  • Bars + Nightclubs (that don’t serve food): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that restaurants throughout New York state, which are currently operating at 75%, can reopen at full capacity starting on May 19. Other regulations will remain in place including mask-wearing and social distancing. Operators must either seat diners at least six feet apart or tables must be separated by physical barriers.

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NORTH CAROLINA 

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 75%, with restrictions 
  • Bars (Outdoor): OPEN at 75%, with restrictions 

As of April 30th at 5pm, the following mandates are in place:

  • Face coverings in all public indoor settings
  • Fully lifts the 11 p.m. curfew for on-site service of alcohol 
  • Increases the indoor mass gathering limit to 50 people and the outdoor mass gathering limit to 100 
  • 75% indoors and outdoors for restaurants, breweries, wineries, amusement parks, gyms, pools

NORTH DAKOTA

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 50% 
  • Bars (Indoor + Outdoor): OPEN at 50%

All bars, restaurants and food service establishments are not to exceed 150 patrons, and are closed to in-person service between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.

OHIO

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 
  • Bars (Indoor + Outdoor): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 
  • 10 p.m. curfews on indoor restaurant service

According to Responsible RestartOhio, restaurants and bars must ensure a minimum of six feet between parties waiting and when dining; if not possible, utilize barriers or other protective devices. Customers and guests must wear face coverings at all times, except when dining. A maximum of 10 people per party. 

OKLAHOMA

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 
  • Bars, Distilleries and Breweries (Indoor + Outdoor): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 

According to Gov. Kevin Stitt’s new COVID-19 restrictions, the following guidelines must be followed starting Thursday, Nov. 19:

  • All restaurants must space tables at least 6 feet apart, unless tables, booths and bar areas are separated by sanitized dividers.
  • All bars and restaurants must close by 11 p.m. each night. No in-person service of food or alcohol will be allowed after 11 p.m. except for restaurant drive-thru windows or curbside pickup.

OREGON

  • Restaurants (Indoor Dining): OPEN at 25% (or no more than 50 people), with restrictions
  • Restaurants (Outdoor Dining): OPEN (120 people maximum, including individual dining pods), with restrictions
  • Bars (Indoor + Outdoor): OPEN at 25%, with restrictions

After cases decreased, Portland briefly began serving up to 100 people indoors; however, as of April 9, Multnomah and Clackamas counties will re-enter the state’s “high risk” meaning restaurants can’t serve more than 50 people indoors or at 25 percent capacity, whichever is smaller. There can be no more than 6 people per party and per table maximum, limit 2 households; 11:00 p.m. closing time remains in effect.

PENNSYLVANIA

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 
  • Bars (Indoor + Outdoor): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 

According to the Official Pennsylvania Website, effective April 4, restaurants may resume bar service; alcohol service will be allowed without the purchase of food; the curfew for removing alcoholic drinks from tables will be lifted; and indoor dining capacity will be raised to 75 percent for those restaurants that are currently self-certified and those that undergo the self-certification process, which involves agreeing to strictly comply to all public health safety guidelines and orders, including the cleaning and mitigation protocols and other operational requirements contained in the Governor and Secretary of Health’s mitigation and enforcement orders issued on November 23, 2020, as amended. Those restaurants that do not self-certify may raise capacity to 50 percent. Outdoor dining, curbside pick-up and takeout are still encouraged.

Requirements such as mask-wearing, and social distancing, including 6 feet between diners, also still apply.

RHODE ISLAND

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 66%, with restrictions 
  • Bars (that offer food service and seating)): OPEN at 66%, with restrictions 

According to Reopening Rhode Island, indoor venues operating at a percent capacity in phase 2 can increase up to 66% capacity with 6-foot spacing; indoor venues operating at a square footage capacity in phase 2 can increase up to 1 person per 100 square feet with 6-foot spacing. 

SOUTH CAROLINA 

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 100%
  • Bars (Indoor + Outdoor): OPEN at 100%

The governor of South Carolina recently announced that requirements such as spacing tables six feet apart, limiting the number of diners per table to eight and not allowing people to congregate while waiting will now only be strongly encouraged, not necessary.

SOUTH DAKOTA

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 100%
  • Bars (Indoor + Outdoor): OPEN at 100%

While South Dakota businesses were never “forced to close”, the state's “Back to Normal” plan provides guidelines for best practices.

TENNESSEE

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 
  • Bars (Indoor + Outdoor): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 

According to Tennessee’s Office of the Governor, social distancing is required in waiting areas and restrooms and tables should be spaced 6 feet apart. Face coverings should be worn by patrons except while eating or drinking. Bars, bar areas, nightclubs, and limited service restaurants should seat tables and parties separated by at least 6 feet and limit gathering by unseated persons. 

TEXAS

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 
  • Bars (Indoor + Outdoor): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 

According to the Texas Restaurant Association, all customers within bars or restaurants must be seated while eating or drinking. All individuals must wear a face covering (over the nose and mouth) wherever it is not feasible to maintain 6 feet of social distancing from another individual not in the same household, except when seated at the bar or similar establishment to eat or drink. 

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UTAH

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 
  • Bars (Indoor + Outdoor): OPEN at 75%, with restrictions 
  • No sale of alcohol after 10pm

According to the Utah's Department of Health website, the state is under a statewide mask ban as of 11/8/20.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the restaurant waiting areas must still maintain a 6-feet social distancing, but this does not apply to the the dining room in moderate-transmission counties; bars are limited to 75% capacity and must ask guests to wear masks while mingling with people outside of their group. Distancing in bars and eateries is not mandated in the least restrictive areas. The latest system does away with most previous guidelines, and officials say they are relying on businesses to take responsibility for keeping their customers safe.

VERMONT

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 50%, with restrictions 
  • Bars (Indoor + Outdoor): OPEN at 50%, with restrictions
  • Breweries, Tasting Rooms, Wineries, Cideries, Distilleries (Outdoor): OPEN at 50%, with restrictions 
  • Restaurants must close at 10pm for in-person dining, but curbside can continue after

According to the State of Vermont, new guidelines allow two unvaccinated households to gather at a time, and permitting restaurants to seat multiple households together, but no more than six people can be seated at the same table. Masking, distancing, capacity limits, and other mitigation guidelines remain in place.

VIRGINIA

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 
  • Bars (Indoor + Outdoor): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 
  • No sale of alcohol after 10pm including on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol in breweries, wineries, and bars.

According to Virginia’s state guidelines, all parties must be separated by at least 6 feet, including in the bar area, (i.e., the 6 feet cannot include the space taken up by the seated guest). If tables are not movable, seat parties at least 6 feet apart, including in the bar area. Spacing must also allow for physical distancing from areas outside of the facility’s control (i.e., provide physical distancing from persons on public sidewalks). All parties, whether seated together or across multiple tables, must be limited to 250 patrons or less. Restaurants may use non-bar seating in the bar area, as long as a minimum of six feet between tables is provided. Bar seats and congregating areas of restaurants must be closed to patrons except for through-traffic. If live musicians are performing at an establishment, they must remain at least ten feet from patrons and staff. Karaoke is prohibited in phase 3.

WASHINGTON

  • Restaurants (Indoor Dining): OPEN at 50%, with restrictions
  • Restaurants (Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 50%, with restrictions
  • Bars, Taverns, Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries (Outdoor): OPEN at 50%, with restrictions 
  • Bars, Taverns, Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries (Indoor; that don’t serve food): OPEN at 50%, with restrictions

According to Washington’s State Site, restaurants and bars can resume indoor dining at 50% capacity. Table size increased to 10 with no household restrictions and alcohol service allowed until 12 a.m.

WEST VIRGINIA

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 
  • Bars (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 

According to West Virginia Strong, all seating (bar and dining area) should be spaced to maintain at least six (6) feet of distance between patrons who do not reside or arrive together. Bars may only increase capacity to the extent that they have physical seating for every patron. No standing room for people to congregate will be allowed.

WISCONSIN 

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 50%
  • Bars (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 50% 

According to the State of Wisconsin’s latest order, 50% of the indoor room’s occupancy is prohibited, as determined by the local municipality. For example, if the local municipality sets a capacity limit of 100 people in a given indoor room, only 25 people would be able to be in that room. 

WYOMING

  • Restaurants (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions
  • Bars (Indoor + Outdoor Dining): OPEN at 100%, with restrictions 

According to the Wyoming Department of Health, the following revisions to the orders will took effect on March 16, 2021:

  • Elimination of restrictions on restaurants, bars, gyms, and theaters, including the limitation on groups sizes to be seated together (formerly no larger than 10 members).
  • Elimination of requirements for face masks when outdoors in school settings (face masks are still required inside schools).
  • Elimination of the 50-person limit on organized sporting events and artistic performances.
  • Removal of limitations on personal gatherings and outdoor events.

 

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