KESQ: Newsom to detail guidelines for reopening dine-in restaurants

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Published: 5:48 am

Governor Newsom is expected to provide the guidelines for reopening California dine-in restaurants Tuesday in a press conference. You can watch on News Channel 3 on-air and online at noon.

Guildelines include:

  • Establishing a workplace specific plan to prevent coronavirus spread
  • Employee training, including how to self-screen at home and proper steps to prevent spread of coronavirus
  • Provide temperature and/or symptom screenings for all workers at the beginning of their shift and any vendors, contractors, or other workers entering the establishment
  • Frequent cleaning and disinfecting
  • Establish physical distance guidelines
  • Display a set of clearly visible rules for customers and restaurant personnel

Key prevention practices include:

  • Physical distancing to the maximum extent possible,
  • Use of face coverings by employees (where respiratory protection is not required) and customers/clients,
  • Frequent handwashing and regular cleaning and disinfection,
  • Training employees on these and other elements of the COVID-19 prevention plan

Many California restaurants have had their doors closed to in-person diners for about two months now. Newsom is expected to outline how restaurants can safely open their doors to customers again and provide a sit down dining experience.

The changes that will be in place to act as safeguards against the virus will probably mean things will be a lot different from what customers are used to. The California Restaurant Association has drafted a list of recommendations for restaurants that would allow them to open with certain changes in place.

Looking at those recommendations, it could mean family members or people who live together would have to sit at the same table. Buffets, salad bars and shared bread baskets would no longer be offered. Salt and Pepper shakers could be replaced by bottles of hand sanitizer. And meals could arrive from food servers wearing protective face coverings.

The association wants Newsom to set only broad guidelines encompassing four areas: employee health, social distancing, public education and improved sanitation and disinfection. And then cities and counties would have the authority to determine the rules in each specific category, arguing that what makes sense in each location could vary by city.

This list of recommendations is going to be submitted to Governor Newsom on Thursday for review.