Three additional counties in the Bay Area – Santa Clara, Contra Costa and San Mateo – have joined the California counties, which now allow outdoor dining at established restaurants.
“Outdoor dining provides access to freshly prepared meals with a relatively low risk of transmission” of the COVID-19 virus, health officials in all three counties said to ease the rules.
These are the most important rules in all three counties:
– All tables must be separated to allow for six feet of social distance.
– Only residents of a single household or unit may sit together.
– Each table is limited to six members of the same household or unit.
– Bar areas must remain closed.
– Restaurants opening for outdoor dining should also offer take-out and delivery meals as an alternative.
– State and local protocols for restaurant and employee health and safety must be followed.
– Borrowers must wear face covers, except when sitting at the dining table with other members of their household or dwelling.
Santa Clara County’s amended rules also pertain to problems with servers and their interaction with customers. These rules further note that “patrons who eat at the facility may enter the indoor areas of the facility only to use the toilet or wash basins, to order and retrieve food from a quick service operation, or to access outdoor seating.”
San Mateo County’s amended regulations specifically require restaurants to “designate COVID-19 supervisor (s) responsible for ensuring the implementation of the Food Facility Health and Safety Plan and Social Distancing Protocol. The designated COVID-19 supervisor / person ( (s) who are responsible must always be present on site during working hours. “
Alameda County officials have not changed this county’s current ban on outdoor dining. In San Francisco County, outdoor dining is scheduled to resume June 15.