New Guidance Announced for Restaurants to Reopen in California

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New Guidance Announced for Restaurants to Reopen in California

In uncertain times, it’s good to have a friend in the business. That’s why our team of industry veterans are putting together this series of tips, resources, and advice from around the restaurant world. It’s Cheetah’s mission to help you make it through the current COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Download our free Guide to Reopening a Restaurant to learn more.

Recommendations for Reopening

On May 12, California Governor Gavin Newsom introduced guidelines for the reopening of restaurants for sit-down dining. Included are recommendations for dine-in restaurants, brewpubs, craft distilleries, breweries, bars, pubs, and wineries to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers.

Chief among these recommendations are mandatory social distancing between employees and guests, face coverings for all employees who work with guests, and setting up training and processes to identify new cases of illness to halt the spread of the virus.

-> Download the Full Recommendations Here

Get the Checklist

It’s a lot to take in, but the state has provided a shorter checklist of the guidance for reopening. Be sure to fill this out and display it not only for your employees, but for your guests to reassure them that you understand and take these safety precautions seriously.

-> Get the Reopening Checklist for Dine-In Restaurants

Stay on Top of Local Regulations

It’s important to note that the approval to reopen will not roll out across the state all at once. Reopening policies will be subject to individual city regulations and to county variance, as each county meets criteria for reopening under Stage 2 guidelines. You can see which counties meet the criteria here, but always be sure to check with your own city and county leadership for specific reopening guidelines.

Sticking with Takeout & Delivery?

If your operation is continuing with a takeout and delivery model for service, be sure to check out these best practices for safe service and food handling by the FDA:
Download the FDA Best Practices Chart for Takeout and Delivery

If you are continuing with or want to begin offering delivery, be sure to check out our recent post about alternatives to costly delivery apps here.

Additional Resources

The California Restaurant Association has helpful resources like these, including employer and small business assistance links.

See the CRA’s Coronavirus Resource Page 

We look forward to seeing you open again soon!

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