Outdoor restaurant dining reopens Monday in SC: What to know before you go
On Monday, outdoor dining areas throughout the state will reopen, allowing some restaurants to offer table service for groups of eight or less.
The change comes after Gov. Henry McMaster – acting on data he says show new cases of COVID-19 have leveled – announced Friday that restaurants could reopen outdoor dining spaces as long as they follow standards on cleaning and social distancing. Since March 18, restaurants have been restricted to curbside or delivery services in response to concern for public health during the coronavirus pandemic.
Here are a few things to keep in mind before heading out to dine al fresco:
- Restaurants will need to limit tables to eight people or less
- Tables should be spaced at least eight feet apart
- Tables, chairs, and seats should be sanitized after every customer.
- People cannot gather inside the building as they enter or exit the outdoor dining space
- Serving food beneath temporary tents is ok, but all four sides need to be open and the covering should be at least seven and a half feet high. Also, a state-approved fire extinguisher must be within 75 feet of tent area.
- If a restaurant is using a temporary tent, they can serve beer and wine if they have a permit, but cannot serve hard liquor
- Buffets are not allowed
- Restaurants can offer indoor restrooms, but they should be cleaned regularly
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