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Outdoor dining at Vermont restaurants can reopen to customers this week, according to a news release from the state’s Agency of Commerce and Community Development on Wednesday.
Starting May 22, restaurants will be allowed to open their seating under a set of guidelines, including the spacing of tables at least 10 feet apart and the required use of disposable menus.
Among the requirements:
- Diners must call ahead or make reservations prior to arrival.
- Takeout service is preferred over table-side delivery of food.
- Cashless/touch-less transactions are preferred.
- Members of only two households and 10 total people can be seated at the same table.
- Restaurants must limit the total number of customers served to 50 or the maximum licensed seating capacity.
- Disposable menus are required.
- Disposable and single-use condiment packets are encouraged.
Restaurants are also being required to maintain a log of customers and their contact information for up to 30 days in the event that the Vermont Department of Health requires contract tracing.
On March 16, Gov. Phil Scott ordered all bars and restaurants to cease on-site dining to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 For the last two months, restaurants across the state have adapted to the order by transitioning to delivery and takeout services.
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