Mon. Dec 4th, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Gov. Gavin Newsom announced new guidelines for restaurants in the state to reopen dine-in services during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The guidelines include using disposable menus, suspending the use of shared condiments, and having patrons wait in their cars if their table isn’t ready.

Servers will wear masks and diners will be kept at least six feet apart.

Newsom didn’t set a strict limit on the number of diners allowed but gave suggestions on how to limit crowding such as using outdoor seating and encouraging take-out where possible.

When it comes to places like bars, pubs, or wineries, the guidelines say they should remain closed unless meals are being served.

Newsom said the guidelines are not static and will be updated and changed if needed.

The full list of restaurant guidelines can be found here.

Reopening will most likely be a slow roll out with rural areas of California opening first for dine-in, and then restaurants in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and other urban areas that have seen more infections will remain closed longer.

Ultimately, it will be up to county officials to decide when it’s time to reopen their respective restaurants.

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By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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