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The shutdown hasn’t been easy, but some good news is on its way this weekend.
Beginning Friday, June 5, outdoor dining will make a comeback statewide. Restaurants in yellow and green phase counties are allowed to begin operating outdoor service.
With the re-opening of dining areas, the state has imposed some additional restrictions. It may not be the dining we’re accustomed to before the pandemic, but it’s a start.
Food service employees will be required to wear non-medical masks and will have temperatures checked before each shift. Here’s what you need to know before you go out and dine again:
Dining in yellow phase counties
- Restaurants will be still be allowed to offer take-out and delivery.
- Restaurants with outdoor seating areas will be permitted to re-open for outdoor service.
- Outdoor bars will not be allowed for use, seating will only be permitted at designated tables within a restaurant’s outdoor dining area.
- Indoor seating and bar service is prohibited.
- Self-service stations such as buffets, salad bars or beverage kiosks will remain closed.
- Condiments will be removed from tables. They will be available upon request.
Restrictions in the green phase
Take-out and delivery orders are allowed.
- Indoor and outdoor dining and bar seating is allowed.
- Seating will be restricted to 50 percent occupancy, based on fire code occupancy limits.
- Bar seating will be limited: Standing room is prohibited, bar patrons will be required to practice social distancing between guests or a barrier must be placed between guests up to parties of four.
- Table seating will be limited to groups of four.
The dos and don’ts for diners
- Guests will still be required to wear masks while entering, exiting and moving around the restaurant (i.e., to a designated table or if a guest needs to use a restroom).
- Masks are not required for guests once they are seated.
- Tables must be spaced six-feet apart for appropriate social distancing measures.
- Outdoor seating must have also have six-feet of space between pedestrian walkways and throughways.
- Follow any arrows or floor guides when walking through the restaurant and remain six-feet apart from other diners or in line at the restroom.
Open containers in downtown York
On Wednesday, June 3 the York City Council approved for the allowance of open containers in designated areas in downtown York.
Last week, City officials relaxed outdoor dining guidelines to allow downtown restaurants to apply for additional seating to help recover from lost revenue.
“This is intended to help them [restaurants] regain some of their revenue,” Mayor Michael Helfrich said during Wednesday’s City Council meeting. “We’re trying to take emergency action to help these restaurants survive.”
With the allowance of open containers, city officials are working with restaurant owners on potential proposals to improve outdoor seating or possibly shut down portions of streets or throughways downtown to expand designated areas. The planning is still in its infancy stages and no official proposals have been finalized yet, according to acting director of economic and community development Philip Given.
Outdoor dining in downtown York
Several restaurants in downtown York, including The Cantina in Royal Square District and Gift Horse Brewing along Restaurant Row, have outdoor seating available.
The Left Bank, which temporarily closed in March due to coronavirus concerns, is planning on re-opening in early or mid-July with expanded outdoor seating, according to co-owner Mandy Arnold.
Restaurants with available outdoor seating are listed below:
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