Restaurants & Bars

Guidance for Step 2: July 5 - TBD

  • Capacity limitations: No more than 50% of a building or room’s occupancy allowed, according to building/fire code. HOWEVER, a business may return to the entity’s authorized building/fire code occupancy provided that the following protocols are implemented and adhered to at all times: All employees or visitors to any indoor public accommodation must wear face coverings in an area or while performing any activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public while physical distancing standards continue to be applied. Bars and taverns must remain at 50% capacity regardless.
  • Persons who are in a restaurant or tavern and are engaged in consuming food or drink while maintaining six feet of physical distance from other patrons are exempt from wearing a mask. Please see the full order for the list of persons who may be exempt from wearing a face covering.
  • Ask that anyone who is sick does not enter the restaurant or bar.
  • Restaurants are encouraged to continue carryout, delivery and drive-thru methods of serving food and drink. Also, use online or no-touch pay when possible.
  • Maintain six-foot distance between customer groups. May include blocking off or removing a number of chairs/tables and modifying the waiting area/system.
  • Staff must wear protective gear such as masks and gloves. Also, staff that present any symptoms of COVID-19 should be allowed to stay home and encouraged to be tested (
  • Updated 7.8.20: All self-service food operations, including buffet-style food service, are not permitted.
  • Self-service drink stations are allowed but must be monitored and cleaned frequently.
  • Maintain the highest levels of health and sanitation, as directed by the Clay County Food Code. This includes frequent handwashing for staff and encouraging the public to wash/sanitize their hands often.
  • Every business and organization has the right to remain closed or operate with additional restrictions, if they so choose, in order to protect staff and customers to the highest degree.
  • Additional guidance can be found through the FDA, CDC and National Restaurant Association. Links can be found at

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