Special Report

Restaurant Reopening Restrictions in Every State

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Colorado
> Mask mandate Yes
> Indoor seating capacity: 50%
> Maximum guests per table: 8

Colorado is more specific than other states in mandating 6-foot separations, requiring restaurants to “clearly mark floor and ground to delineate 6-foot spacing for people in lines, and mark how foot traffic should move” and to “clearly mark closed tables not available for seating customers.”

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Connecticut
> Mask mandate Yes
> Indoor seating capacity: 75%
> Maximum guests per table: Not specified

The state asks that restaurants consider establishing separate entrances and exits so that one-way foot traffic is possible. Nonessential amenities like playgrounds, dance floors, and pool tables must be closed or removed.

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Delaware
> Mask mandate Yes
> Indoor seating capacity: 60%
> Maximum guests per table: Not specified, but only members of the same family may be seated together

Delaware takes a voluntary approach to contact tracing. Restaurants must inform diners that they have the option to leave their information on file in case any staff members or other customers test positive, but they are not permitted to deny service to those who don’t provide their details.

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Florida
> Mask mandate No (required in some municipalities)
> Indoor seating capacity: 100% (with some restrictions)
> Maximum guests per table: 10

An executive order signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Sept. 25 decreed that “No COVID-19 emergency ordinance may prevent an individual from working or from operating a business.” It also banned the assessment of fines or other penalties on those who don’t practice social distancing or wear masks, in restaurants or elsewhere.

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

In addition to other measures, the state encourages the use of “technological solutions where possible to reduce person-to-person interaction.” These include mobile access to menus, texting upon arrival to facilitate orderly seating, and contactless payment methods.