Guidelines For Restaurants And Bars In Green Phase

Young bartender girl in a medical mask pour green liquid from beaker into glass with ice.

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Most of Southwestern Pennsylvania entered the Green Phase on Friday. 

So what does that mean for restaurants, bars, and the rest of the food industry?

  • All customers are required to wear masks while entering, exiting, or otherwise traveling throughout the restaurant or retail food service business. Face coverings may be removed when seated. 
  • Provide at least six feet between parties at tables.
  • Close or remove amenities and congregate areas non-essential to the preparation and service of food or beverages such as dance floors, game areas, playgrounds, etc.
  • Ensure maximum occupancy limits for indoor and outdoor areas are posted and strictly enforced. Maximum occupancy is calculated using the following two methods. The more restrictive number must be used.
  1. Method 1: Limit to 50% of stated fire capacity or 12 people per 1,000 square feet if there is not a fire code number available. When no fire code number is available for outdoor dining, the 12 people per 1,000 square feet number should be applied.
  2. Method 2: Arrange the restaurant or retail food service business so that customers sitting at a table are not within six feet of any customers sitting at another table in any direction and calculate the maximum number of customers that can be accommodated.

"I don't think you're going to see, at 50% occupancy, the full staff back - at any place; but in combination with both indoor and outdoor at 50%, and take-out service - including that mixed spirits drinks-to-go - it helps out. It's the next step in their business recovery," says Chuck Moran, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association, during an interview with the KDKA Radio Morning Show on Friday. 

The complete list of expectations can be found by clicking here. 

You can also listen to the full conversation with Moran below.

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