Beginning July 1st , Virginia will enter into Phase 3 of the re-opening process. Here are the guidelines that were given and we will update the information below as soon as we have it available.
safer at home: phase three
restaurant and beverage services
scope: Restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries,
cideries, mobile units (food trucks), distilleries, wineries,
and tasting rooms.
phase 3: Establishments must either implement the following
mandatory requirements or close.
Businesses must strictly adhere to the physical distancing guidelines, enhanced cleaning and
disinfection practices, and enhanced workplace safety practices provided in the “Guidelines
for All Business Sectors” document. Virginia Department of Health and Virginia
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services regulated facilities must continue to
follow requirements related to prohibiting sick employees in the workplace, strict
handwashing practices, and procedures and practices to clean and sanitize surfaces.
During Phase 3, businesses should continue to offer takeout and delivery options. If
businesses choose to open to dine-in customers, they may do so in indoor and outdoor spaces
and must adhere to the following additional requirements for service:
Post signage at the entrance that states that no one with a fever or symptoms of
COVID-19, or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days, is permitted
in the establishment.
Post signage to provide public health reminders regarding physical distancing,
gatherings, options for high-risk individuals, and staying home if sick (See samples at
the bottom of this document).
All parties must be separated by at least six feet, including in the bar area, (i.e., the six
feet cannot include the space taken up by the seated guest). If tables are not movable,
seat parties at least six feet apart, including in the bar area. Spacing must also allow for
physical distancing from areas outside of the facility’s control (i.e., provide physical
distancing from persons on public sidewalks). All parties, whether seated together or
across multiple tables, must be limited to 250 patrons or less.
Bar seats and congregating areas of restaurants must be closed to patrons except for
through-traffic. Non-bar seating in the bar area (i.e., tables or counter seats that do not
line up to a bar or food service area) may be used for customer seating as long as a
minimum of six feet is provided between parties at tables.
Do not seat multiple parties at any one table unless marked with six foot divisions
(such as with tape).
If live musicians are performing at an establishment, they must remain at least ten feet
from patrons and staff.
Employees working in customer dining and service areas are required to wear face
coverings over their nose and mouth, such as using CDC Use of Cloth Face Coverings
Prior to each shift, employers should ask that the employee self-measure their
temperature and assess symptoms. Please see VDH Interim Guidance for
Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers During
Widespread Community Transmission.
Buffets may be open for self-service, with continuous monitoring by trained staff
required at food lines, and serving utensils must be changed hourly during peak meal
times. Facilities must provide hand sanitizer at buffets, and employees and patrons
must use barriers (e.g. gloves or deli tissue) when touching utensils.
Provide hand sanitizer stations or hand washing stations for patrons and employees.
Perform thorough cleaning and disinfection of frequently contacted surfaces including
digital ordering devices, check presenters, self-service areas, tabletops, bathroom
surfaces, and other common touch areas every 60 minutes during operation.
Tabletops and credit card/bill folders must be disinfected between patrons.
Table resets must be done by an employee who has washed their hands with soap and
water for at least 20 seconds just prior to reset activities.
Patrons may wait for takeout or for seated dining in the lobby area, but they must
maintain six feet of physical distance between parties.
With every Winery, Brewery, Distillery and Cider locations re-opening differently, the best thing to do is to contact them directly or visit their website for further updates.*