Indoor dining guidelines for phase 2 of Massachusetts reopening

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GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Eating out at restaurants looks a little different these days.

Currently, under step one of phase two of Governor Charlie Baker’s reopening plan, only outdoor dining is allowed but restaurants are already preparing for the next step of indoor eating.

The Greenfield Applebee’s is starting outdoor dining tonight after getting their permit and they’re already thinking about the future. Even hiring a sanitation specialist.

“They have their caddy they’re here from all our open hours from when we open tow hen we close. They’re cleaning disinfecting rinsing and they’re sanitizing,” Applebee’s Greenfield acting General Manager and Kitchen Manager, Stephanie Chabot told 22News.

Cabot said 22News that inside they’ve had to limit table seating for the future. The state’s guidelines for indoor dining says once they’re allowed to re-open the indoor space, they’re still encouraged to have most customers outside.

22News is Working For You with a look at outdoor dining services available in western Massachusetts.

While Gov. Baker has not said when indoor dining will be able to resume, he has released a five-page document with guidelines for indoor and outdoor dining. One of which includes no reusable menus. They must all be on whiteboards, electronic, or single-use papers.

Brad’s Place in Greenfield re-opened on Monday for take-out and has started with an outdoor menu on a whiteboard for customers. They’ve also implemented putting markers on the sidewalk for customers to stand six feet apart while waiting for their food.

“People have been pretty observant of the spaces and everybody is wearing their masks which is great. We have hand sanitizer for the public to use and we’re bleaching down all our surfaces in-between,” Waitress at Brad’s Place and owner’s daughter, Sarah Devine told 22News.

According to the guidelines, tables at restaurants must be at least six feet apart and no more than six people are allowed to dine together. Brad’s Place doesn’t think they’ll be doing inside dining for a while. But when they do, customers and staff will be required to wear face masks except for when seated at tables.

More guidelines:

  • Table servers must wash their hands or apply hand sanitizers between each table interaction.
  • Self-serve, unattended buffets, topping bars, drink stations, and other communal serving areas must remain closed.
  • Condiments and similar products should not be pre-set on tables and should instead only be provided upon request either in single-serving portions or in serving containers that are sanitized between each use.
  • Tables and chairs must be cleaned and sanitized thoroughly between each seating.
  • If the employer is notified of a positive case at the workplace, the employer must notify the local Board of Health and assist the Board as reasonably requested to advise likely contacts to isolate and self-quarantine.
  • When taking reservations and when seating walk-in customers, restaurants should retain a phone number of someone in the party for possible contact tracing.
  • Restaurants are to close of reconfiguring worker common spaces and high-density areas where workers are likely to congregate to ensure physical distancing.
  • Restaurants are to establish directional hallways and passageways for foot traffic if possible, to minimize contact.

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