AZ Department of Health Covid-19 Requirements

Patrons (You)

The State of Arizona allows us to be open as a restaurant and requires that you follow these guidelines:

  • Arizonans are safer at home and should evaluate their personal risk of visiting a restaurant or bar providing dine-in services based on the Arizona COVID-19 Risk Index.
  • Avoid close contact and stay more than 6 feet away from others.
  • You are required to wear a mask while at the establishment at all times, except while actively eating or drinking.
  • Masks should not be placed on children less than 2 years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.
  • Wash your hands often, especially after leaving the establishment, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) and immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • If possible, use touchless payment methods. If you must handle money, a card, or use a keypad, use hand sanitizer or wash your hands immediately after.
  • If you are at higher risk for severe illness, you should avoid visiting restaurants and bars providing dine in services. People at higher risk for severe illness include adults 65 or older and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions.

As you can tell, our responsibilities are to enforce these guidelines, both for your and our employees safety. Please help us to stop the spread by following the above, and we’ll do our part, so that we all can get back to more normal operations (and lives)!

Operator (Us)

The State of Arizona allows us to be open as a restaurant and requires that we follow these guidelines:

  • Comply with all local, state, and federal laws pertaining to restaurants and bars, including the food code.
    • Implement occupancy limitations as required based on the community transmission category within the county your establishment operates. We are currently in the Moderate level which allows us to operate at 50% occupancy, only if converted to restaurant service.
  • We MUST enforce the following:
    • Enforce physical distancing of more than 6 feet between customers who do not live in the same household.
    • Maintain physical distancing by ensuring more than 6 feet of separation between parties or groups at different tables, booths or bar tops, unless the tables are separated by glass, plexiglass or some other type of divider.
    • Limit parties to no more than 10.
    • Clearly mark tables and chairs that are not in use.
    • Prohibit open seating (defined as a customer choosing their own seat or having the ability to move seats).
      • Customers should be brought to a designated seating area (including bar top seating) by a staff member.
      • Patrons should stay seated throughout the duration of their visit, except to visit the bathroom, and may not be standing, mingling, or dancing. Maintain clearly marked 6-foot spacing marks and/or signage along entrances, waiting areas, hallways, patios, and restrooms and any other location within an establishment where queues may form or patrons may congregate.
  • Assign an employee to monitor and enforce physical distancing in any locations where queues may form or patrons may congregate, if feasible.
  • Customer Waiting Areas – Areas used by customers waiting for their seats should be limited to ensure 10sq ft exists for each person waiting. Additional customers should be instructed to wait outside or in their cars until their seats are ready. Customers waiting for a table must be wearing masks (unless they have a qualified medical exemption or are under two years of age).
  • Enforce the use of masks for both employees and customers, even if not mandated by the local or county government.
  • Prohibit the following activities:
    • Dancing – Dancing is temporarily prohibited and anyone with a dance floor or dance space must close that section to the public or repurpose it for seating to allow for greater social distancing.
    • Parlor games – Parlor games (such as pool, darts, or other games commonly associated with eating and drinking establishments) shall temporarily be closed.
    • Karaoke – Karaoke or other live performances in which customers are active participants shall be temporarily halted.
  • Continue to provide options for delivery, pick-up, or curbside service even if a location offers dine-in.
  • Follow CDC reopening guidance for facilities that have been shut down, including taking measures to ensure potable water safety.
  • Enforce healthy hygiene practices for both employees and customers:
    • Enforce handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes.
    • Ensure adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene practices for both employees and customers including soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol (perhaps on every table and counter, if supplies allow), and tissues.
    • Ensure hand sanitizer is available at or adjacent to entrances to the facility, restrooms and in employee work areas, or soap and running water readily accessible to staff and customers at marked locations.
  • Post physical and/or electronic signage at the entrance of public health advisories prohibiting individuals who are symptomatic from entering the premises.
  • Post signs on how to stop the spread of COVID-19, properly wash hands, promote everyday protective measures, and properly wear a mask.

There are 3 more pages of guidelines that apply to us, if you would like to know more the state document is here (PDF), the rest starts at page 9.