Special Report

Restaurant Reopening Restrictions in Every State

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

Kansas regulations state that “Restaurants must avoid any instances in which groups of more than 10 individuals are in one location and are unable to consistently maintain 6 feet of distance with only infrequent or incidental moments of closer proximity.”

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

The Bluegrass State is strict when it comes to mask-wearing in restaurants (and other indoor spaces). Restaurants are required to inform customers that masks are required except while actually eating or drinking and must refuse entry to those who would not cover up. Diners who wear masks to gain entry and then remove them while not consuming food or beverages must be refused service and asked to leave. Establishments that don’t follow these guidelines “will be subject to a fine and may also be subject to an order from the local health department or the Labor Cabinet requiring immediate closure.”

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Louisiana
> Mask mandate Yes
> Indoor seating capacity: 75%
> Maximum guests per table: 10

Restaurants are required to assign crowd managers “to call for emergency evacuation, enforce the maximum capacity and social distancing requirements, assign seating, and further manage any movement of people at all times that the building is occupied.” These functions may be assumed by management or staff members who have been properly trained. One crowd manager is mandated for every 50 people in the establishment.

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

Restaurants in Maine are required to maintain customer records, including the name and contact information for one member from each dining party as well as those of the table’s server, for at least 21 days. Establishments that could do so safely were permitted to set up outdoor dining spaces on sidewalks, in adjacent parking spaces, etc., but Portland streets that were closed to accommodate outdoor dining will reopen to traffic as of Nov. 1.

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Maryland
> Mask mandate Yes
> Indoor seating capacity: 75%
> Maximum guests per table: 6

While some states permit restaurants to contact diners waiting for tables by pager, Maryland guidelines state that this should be avoided. Instead, they should use “phone apps, texting, or signs to let patrons know when their table or carryout order is ready.”