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GUIDANCE FOR RESTAURANTS AND COFFEE SHOPS

Governor Ducey issued an executive order allowing restaurants and coffee shops to resume dine-in services with physical distancing measures. The operators must establish and implement safety protocols and best practices, including enacting physical distancing policies, limiting the number of diners and following protocols as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Labor Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS).

March 5, 2021

Occupancy percentage limitations expire. Restaurants must continue to implement physical distancing and mask protocols.

 

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December 2, 2020

Restaurants may extend temporarily extend their premises

Governor Ducey issued an executive order allowing restaurants to apply with their local governing body to extend premises to allow for outdoor dining.

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July 9, 2020

Governor Doug Ducey announced additional actions to contain the spread of COVID-19, with the signing of an Executive Order that requires restaurants with indoor seating to operate at less than 50 percent capacity.

 

In addition, ADHS released updated guidance for restaurants providing dine-in services including enforcing physical distancing of at least six feet between customers, continuing to provide options for curbside pickup or delivery, requiring all servers, sanitizing customers areas after each sitting, and host staff and employees that interact with customers to wear cloth masks.

 

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May 11, 2020

Restaurants and coffee shops can resume dine-in services with physical distancing

Arizona guidance for restaurants and coffee shops includes considering assigning duties to vulnerable workers that minimize their contact with customers, developing standards for the use of non-medical grade masks by employees, and avoiding the use of shared items such as menus and condiments.

 

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EXPANSION OF PREMISES AND OUTDOOR DINING PROGRAMS

For city- and town-specific guidance for expanding your business' premise, view the Business Guidance page.

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WEBINARS FOR RESTAURANTS

Increase Profits by Leveraging Temporary Expansion of Premises for Outdoor Dining

In these Arizona Small Business Boot Camp & Resource Collective restaurant relief sessions, a diverse group of industry experts and city officials discuss how restaurants may temporarily expand premises to provide outdoor seating for food and alcohol consumption.

 

Restaurant Relief Webinar Part 1

Featuring the City of Mesa and Maricopa County, the Arizona Restaurant Association and the League of Arizona Cities and Towns

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Restaurant Relief Webinar Part 2

9 - 10 a.m. on December 10

Featuring the City of Prescott, Yavapai SBDC, the Arizona Restaurant Association and the League of Arizona Cities and Towns

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GUIDES FOR RESTAURANTS AND COFFEE SHOPS

 

Resuming Operations for Restaurants and Bars
The Centers for Disease Control provided guidance for businesses in foodservice to maintain healthy operations and a safe work environment for employees.

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Reopening Guidance: A Guide for the Restaurant Industry

For more resources on how you can prepare your restaurant and return stronger view this guide from the National Restaurant Association.

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Preparing to Reopen Your Restaurant

Local First Arizona, in partnership with AWE Collective and Kind Hospitality have created a detailed and comprehensive guide explaining necessary steps for restaurant reopening.

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Checklist for Reopening
The Brewers Association created a checklist for breweries to reopen safely amid the pandemic. The list includes best practices for sanitation protocols and social distancing.

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COVID Aware Enhanced Food Handler’s Certification

Restaurants can earn certification through Northern Arizona University and Coconino County Health to help customers keel greater confidence in ordering from local restaurants.

Earn certification

In addition to these guides specific to restaurants (above), we have several (non-industry specific) guides pertaining to planning and workplace safety.

 

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