Covid-19 Update: Governor Justice Releases Guidance on Safely Opening Restaurants

On May 11, 2020, Governor Justice issued guidance on reopening indoor and outdoor dining in restaurants.

The guidelines are published in advance of Governor Justice’s Executive Order — currently anticipated to be effective May 21, 2020 — that will allow indoor dining to reopen and carry-out/delivery and outdoor services to continue. Effective May 21, 2020, these guidelines will replace all previously issued state guidance.

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

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

Lastly, restaurants looking to provide new or expanded outdoor dining at no fee should also consult the WVABCA Limited Outdoor Dining Area Advisory.

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

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