Special Report

Restaurant Reopening Restrictions in Every State

Hawaii
> Mask mandate Yes
> Indoor seating capacity: 50%
> Maximum guests per table: 6 (not living in same household), 10 (living in same household

Reopening guidelines from the Hawaii State Department of Health ask restaurants to “Consider a reservations-only business model for greater control of customer volume,” and to “Consider allowing customers to pre-order while making reservations to decrease the length of time they are in the establishment.”

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

In addition to asking restaurants to offer online, digital, and/or phone-in ordering and to implement explanatory signage and protection barriers to limit customer movement and establish distancing, Idaho requests — but doesn’t demand — that they establish dedicated hours of operation for diners at risk of severe disease.

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Illinois
> Mask mandate Yes
> Indoor seating capacity: 100% (with some restrictions)
> Maximum guests per table: 10

Unlike many states, Illinois permits live music in restaurants but asks that performers as well as employees follow social distancing guidelines and that performers wear masks where practical. In addition, the placement of barriers between singers and others ( customers and employees) is encouraged.

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Indiana
> Mask mandate Yes
> Indoor seating capacity: 100% (with some restrictions)
> Maximum guests per table: 6

Indiana moved to Stage 5 of its reopening process on Sept. 26, but in Marion County — home to Indianapolis, the state’s capital and largest city — indoor seating capacity remains at 75% due to the area’s high rate of coronavirus infection. Indiana’s mask mandate expires on Oct. 17.

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Iowa
> Mask mandate No (required in some municipalities)
> Indoor seating capacity: 100% (with some restrictions)
> Maximum guests per table: 6

According to an Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals fact sheet for food-related businesses, while stringent sanitation standards have been set for employees, “[T]here are no issued mandates for employees and/or customers to wear protective face masks or other personal protective equipment.” The state asks only that “Each establishment operator should consider enforcing their own mitigation practices and/or strategies to protect their employees and customers from the spread of COVID-19.”