- Published: May 18, 2020
Thanks for your questions. The guidelines for restaurants are here. It is mandatory for restaurants to do the following: “Ensure a minimum of six feet between parties waiting and when dining – if not possible, utilize barriers or other protective devices.”
It doesn’t require that tables be six feet apart, but that diners who are not in the same party, are six feet apart or are separated from one another by utilizing a “barrier or other protective device.” The assumption is that diners in the same party have already been exposed to one another, and therefore they don’t have to be distanced from each other.
As for dining with a mask on, masks are “recommended at all times, execpt when eating.”
The state is requiring most restaurant employees to wear masks, but it doesn’t address the issue of approaching the table to serve. Your question is a good one!