Covid-19 Update: Governor Justice Releases Update Guidance on Safely Opening Restaurants and Bars for Indoor and Outdoor Use

On May 19, 2020, Governor Justice issued guidance on reopening indoor and outdoor restaurants and bars.

The guidelines are published in conjunction with Governor Justice’s Executive Order that allows restaurants to open indoor dining effective May 21, 2020 and for bars to reopen indoor and outdoor services effective May 26, 2020.

The guidance is broken down into five main topics, which are social distancing, reducing contact, operations and employee protocol, food safety, and communicating with customers. In depth detail on each of the topics can be found in the guidance.

Failure to adhere to the guidelines may result in a fine, suspension of a restaurant’s license to operate or its ABCA license, as applicable, and/or other appropriate enforcement measures.

Restaurants and Bars should also consult the WVABCA 50% Indoor Capacity Restaurant and Bar Advisory and the WVABCA Limited Outdoor Dining Area Advisory.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if Lewis Glasser can assist you in working through this guidance or any other issues your business may be facing as COVID-19 related restrictions begin to ease and businesses begin to reopen.

Matthew R. Bowles  


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