How do Governor Sununu’s COVID-19 Orders Impact My Restaurant Workplace?

On May 1, 2020, Governor Sununu mandated operational requirements for “essential businesses,” businesses that had been identified and permitted to remain open under a March 26, 2020, Covid-19 order, including restaurants (but only for take-out and delivery).

On May 1, the Governor ordered “essential businesses,” including restaurants, to:

  • require sick employees to stay home
  • ask employees questions prior to entry, regarding contact with COVID-diagnosed persons and COVID symptoms
  • Sanitize touch surfaces every two hours
  • Instruct employees to “social distance”
  • Encourage frequent hand washing/sanitation
  • Support employee use of a face covering
  • Permit employees to work from home as much as is practical
  • Update employee policies, to comply with new federal laws that provide for employee leave time, for COVID-related reasons.

The May 1 order also mandated restaurant-specific, additional operational requirements for restaurants.

For example, restaurants must:

  • Train staff and require them to follow “Serv safe” Covid-19 Guidelines
  • Build social distancing into foodservice operations
  • Mandate that employees wear masks or other face covering, when “at work and around others in settings where social distancing may be difficult”
  • Permit on-site dining, outdoors only
  • Set tables (no bar seating) six-feet apart
  • Limit party size to no more than 6
  • Require reservations, with text table-ready system
  • Ask customers to bring a face mask, for entering/exiting outdoor space and for visits to the restroom.

These guidelines are effective until June 15, 2020, and may be modified thereafter. If you have questions regarding Covid-19 requirements for your restaurant workplace, please contact our office for a free consultation. Call (603) 288-1403 or fill out our online contact form.

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