Special Report

Restaurant Reopening Restrictions in Every State

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Alabama
> Mask mandate Yes
> Indoor seating capacity: 100% (with some restrictions) (with some restrictions)
> Maximum guests per table: 8

Alabama asks restaurants and other businesses open to the public to post a sign at the entrance “stating that individuals who have a fever, cough or any sign of sickness should not enter.” The sign should include a “description of their sanitation and social distancing measures.” The state of emergency under which restaurant restrictions apply has been extended to Nov. 8 by Gov. Kay Ivey.

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Alaska
> Mask mandate No (required in some municipalities)
> Indoor seating capacity: 100% (with some restrictions)
> Maximum guests per table: Not specified

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has issued a statement saying in part, “If more people wore masks, we could slow the spread of COVID-19.” Nonetheless, while some municipalities require masks to be worn in public environments, the state has not mandated them.

Arizona
> Mask mandate Yes
> Indoor seating capacity: 50%
> Maximum guests per table: 10

Gov. Doug Ducey issued an order that the 50% capacity limit would stay in effect as long as the COVID-19 positivity rate remains below 5%, and that bars and nightclubs would remain closed completely until the positivity rate drops below 3%. The latest seven-day positivity rate moving average, as reported by the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, hit 6.7%, though no order decreasing restaurant capacity has yet been issued.

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Arkansas
> Mask mandate Yes
> Indoor seating capacity: 66%
> Maximum guests per table: 10

Restaurants in the state are encouraged to ask customers to pre-order meals in order to minimize the amount of time they spend at a table — and “to have a senior hour to provide exclusive access to these high-risk individuals.”

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California
> Mask mandate Yes
> Indoor seating capacity: 50% (maximum)
> Maximum guests per table: Not specified

By the terms outlined in his “Blueprint for a Safer Economy,” published on Aug. 28, Gov. Gavin Newsom established different restaurant capacity maximums by county, color-coded and based on local case and positivity rates. In purple counties, no indoor dining is permitted. In red counties, the maximum is 25% or 100 customers, whichever is the smaller number. Orange counties can operate at 50% or 200 customers, while yellow ones must limit their capacity to 50% with no limit on the total number of diners.