Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: When Restaurants, Bars Open Their Dining Rooms
Expect a lot of single serve condiment packets, waiting outside, no salad bars and max capacity to be 50% or less than normal when Gallatin County restaurants, bars and breweries re-open their dining rooms on Monday, May 4th.
- The following are rules are included in the Gallatin County COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Retail Food Establishments
- Capacity will be limited to 50% of normal operating capacity to allow for adequate group spacing
- Tables will be limited to six people per table
- 6 feet of physical distancing between groups and or tables will be provided by a) Increasing table spacing, removing tables, or marking tables as closed b) Providing for a physical barrier between tables or c) Back-to-back booth seating provides adequate separation
- Salad bars and buffets will not be operational: Self-service cups, straws and lids will be behind a counter and handed to customers
- Drink refills are not allowed (I.e. a clean glass or cup must be used each time)
- Customers will be encouraged to call for a reservation.
- Waiting areas where 6 feet physical distancing cannot be maintained will be closed
- Self-service condiments will be eliminated
- ALLOWED: Single use, disposable containers for condiments (cups, sealed packets, etc.) that WILL NOT be re-offered.
- ALLOWED: Condiments In reusable dishes that have been washed, rinsed, sanitized, and completely air dried.
- Menus must be cleaned and sanitized between customers (or use disposable, printed menus, menu apps or sign menus that are not touched by customers)
- Disinfect table items, including decorative items and menus, between customers
- Disinfect tables, chairs, booths, and highchairs between customers
- Sitting or standing at bars or counters will not be allowed.
- Drinks and food will be served to customers at a table
- Facility will close and have all patrons out by 11:30pm.
According to the Gallatin City - County Health Department:
On April 22, 2020, the Governor released Directives for the reopening of restaurants, bars, breweries, and distilleries on May 4, 2020.
These directives included requirements to limit the number of people in retail food establishments and to add practices that facilitate social distancing. Additionally, requirements were made for cleaning common surfaces.