Limited Outdoor Dining Starts

Beginning Monday, May 18, restaurants may begin limited outdoor dining in addition to pick-up, delivery, and drive-through operations. The Governor has posted information and guidelines at Reopening RI. Dan McGowan writes in The Boston Globe.

The restaurants will be required to take reservations ahead of time, limit tables to up to five customers, and use disposable, digital, or chalkboard menus in order to avoid having customers touch commonly used items in the establishments.

Raimondo said the state would issue more guidance to business owners by Monday evening, but she urged both customers and employees to be careful as restaurants reopen. She said she expects outbreaks of the highly contagious virus to occur, but said she’s confident the state is prepared to address them.

We at The Dose are making no recommendations one way or another; people have to decide for themselves how much risk they can tolerate. What I do know is that the restaurant owners will be trying very hard to make this work — don’t mess it up for them! If you don’t enjoy the new routine, then this is not for you. Stay home for now.


Seen here is a detail from one of the pdfs, both written and illustrated, created to provide guidance to owners and customers alike.

General information and updates at the Department of Health’s RI COVID-19 Information site.

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