New state guidelines would dramatically change Pasadena restaurants – Pasadena Now



Customers could soon find themselves waiting in their cars for their restaurant tables, at least for the foreseeable future. Under nine guidelines According to Gov. Gavin Newsom set for California restaurants to reopen Tuesday, patrons would be notified by cell phone when their tables were ready.

The list of businesses likely to reopen includes restaurant-dining as well as open-air museums, malls and all in-store retail outlets, as well as all office workplaces, Newsom said, but only if some conditions are met.

Malls, linear malls, malls may be open for pickup, but bars and pubs, craft distilleries, and wineries will remain closed unless they offer meals. Alcohol can only be sold in the same transaction as food, dictate the guidelines.

The 12-page document was developed by the California Department of Public Health and CAL-OSHA, the State Department of Industrial Relations.

Pasadena restaurants suffered devastating financial losses after “Safer at Home” orders resulted in dining halls being closed. For some, incomes have fallen by 90%, supported only by curbside food and delivery services, according to published reports.

“The city should seriously consider reopening the restaurants,” longtime Pasadena restaurateur Robin Salzer said Monday. “The curbside take-out and delivery restaurants are stifling financially. “

“And if they go on for another month,” he added, “you’re going to see a catastrophic number of restaurants close – as well as retail businesses. All you have to do is look at the storefronts. some stores.

Paul Little, president of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, was cautious but optimistic about possible restaurant reopening, saying, “We are a long way from these kinds of operations in LA County. At first glance, these [guidelines] seem reasonable enough and consistent with what has been discussed.

“I appreciate that the state is expanding sales of take-out alcohol with food for the duration,” added Little. ” It’s very useful. It is also helpful if the protocols are spelled out fairly clearly.

“The health, well-being and safety of workers, consumers and the public are paramount,” Little continued. “This is the most important part.”

According to the guidelines, all eligible restaurants or businesses, before reopening, must:

  • Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
  • Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen for symptoms and stay home if they have any.
  • Implement individual control measures and screening
  • Establish disinfection protocols
  • Apply physical distancing instructions

Statewide, restaurants would also see dramatic differences in service as well as physical layout.

State guidelines covered everything from customer service to headquarters, as well as explicitly detailed rules for employees, including everything from face covers and handwashing rules to banning cell phone sharing and other electronic devices.

Among other guidelines, restaurants would be required to prioritize outdoor seating and curbside pickup, to minimize cross-flow of customers in enclosed environments. Restaurants may expand outdoor seating and alcohol offerings in these areas, if they comply with local laws and regulations.

Restaurants would also post a set of rules clearly visible to customers and restaurant staff at restaurant entrances, as a condition of entry.

Rules could include instructions for using hand sanitizer, maintaining a physical distance from other patrons, avoiding unnecessary touching restaurant surfaces, contacting the local health department, and changes to restaurant services. Where possible, rules should be available in digital form, include pictograms and be included in / with menus.

Guests and visitors should be screened for symptoms on arrival, per the guideline, and are required to use hand sanitizer, and to bring and wear a face covering when not. not eat or drink.

Restaurants would also be required to provide take-out, delivery and drive-through options to customers where possible, and encourage reservations to allow time to sanitize restaurant areas before sitting down and to serve.

The guidelines also encourage restaurants to consider allowing restaurant patrons to order in advance to limit time spent in the establishment, as per the guidelines.

Where possible, customers would be notified via their mobile phone when their table is ready to avoid the use of “buzzers”, which might otherwise be shared.

Restaurants would also be required to implement measures to ensure a physical distance of at least six feet between workers and customers, including the use of physical partitions, floor markings or signs to indicate where employees and / or guests must stand.

The new regulations would also require restaurants to provide a written, site-specific COVID-19 prevention plan at each location, perform a comprehensive risk assessment of all work areas, and designate a person at each facility to implement the plan. .

The new guidelines would not apply to concert, performance or entertainment venues, which would have to remain closed until they are allowed to resume their modified or full activities by order or order. specific reopening directive.

The guidelines also provide a detailed list of specific requirements for restaurants and their employees, including the provision of temperature and / or symptom testing for all workers at the start of their shift, as well as for all vendors, contractors. or other workers entering the establishment.

Restaurants are also said to encourage workers who are sick or show symptoms of COVID-19 to stay at home.

Face coverings are strongly recommended when employees are near other people. Workers should have face coverings available and wear them when at work, in offices or in a vehicle when traveling for business with other people. Face covers should not be shared.

Establishments should take reasonable measures, including posting signage in strategic and highly visible locations, to remind the public to use face coverings and practice physical distancing while waiting for service and take-out.

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