Special Report

Restaurant Reopening Restrictions in Every State

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

“While indoor table service is permitted,” according to the state’s latest restaurant safety standards checklist, issued Oct. 1, “restaurants are encouraged to structure operations to operate as much as possible through outdoor table service and to strictly limit indoor table service in order to assure effective compliance with social distancing requirements and to limit activities within confined spaces.”

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Michigan
> Mask mandate Yes
> Indoor seating capacity: 50%
> Maximum guests per table: Not specified

The state’s operational guidelines for restaurants ask establishments to create “communications materials” like signs or pamphlets for customers informing them of changes to dining practices and outlining precautions being taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Minnesota
> Mask mandate Yes
> Indoor seating capacity: 50%
> Maximum guests per table: 4 (not living in the same household), 6 (living in the same household)

Minnesota seems particularly concerned about infection in the course of the payment process. It asks that restaurants utilize electronic fund transfer or credit card payment of a kind that allows customers to complete the transaction remotely. “When contactless payment is not possible,” state guidelines mandate that payment be made “in a manner that allows for at least 6 feet of distance between the worker and client or customer.”

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

The state encourages, but does not mandate, the use of technology to avoid as much in-person contact as possible, including mobile reservation and ordering systems and contactless payment.

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

Though its guidelines for restaurants are less detailed than those issued by most other states, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services includes the advisory that “Operators need to be flexible about canceling or rescheduling reservations and events.”