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).

July 9

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.



May 11

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.





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.

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Glendale Restaurant Extension of Premises

The City of Glendale is allowing restaurants to expand serving areas to create more space between diners. The permit will cover 180 days.


Goodyear Temporary Tent/Outdoor Dining

The City of Goodyear will allow outdoor dining expansions for food establishments. Permits are free and will end upon termination of the COVID-19 Declaration of Emergency.

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Mesa Temporary Expansion of Premise

The City of Mesa is offering open air patio dining options for restaurants and bars. To encourage greater social distancing between diners, the premise expansion will be approved within days.

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Phoenix Temporary Use Permit

The City of Phoenix is offering an expedited and free process for restaurants to serve customers beyond their currently permitted spaces.

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Scottsdale Fees for Special Events

The City of Scottsdale approved temporary fee reductions for special event applications and permits, added a new fee for use of public space, and suspended enforcement of special event regulations until May 31, 2021.

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Surprise Temporary Extension of Premise

The City of Surprise will allow local restaurants to expand their service area to ensure a safe dining experience. There is no fee and the permit is valid for 180 days.

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Tempe Expansion of Premises

Retail businesses, restaurants and bars in Tempe may apply to expand their premise onto city of private property without incurring a fee.

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