South Carolina restaurants can open for dine in service Monday

As restaurants begin to reopen Monday, the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association is asking those that choose to dine out be courteous and understanding as businesses reopen and welcome back customers.

“Restaurants face new challenges in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and have strict guidelines to follow to help us safely serve you, our guests,” a news release from the association said. “The safety and well-being of our staff and our guests will be top-of-mind as we charter these new waters. In order to do so, we need your help.”

The association passed along these reopening guidelines and protocols adopted by the state:

  1. Self-screening before entering the restaurant for any signs of COVID-19 including but not limited to a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or known close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
  2. If you cannot enter the restaurant or are otherwise concerned about contracting COVID-19, please use our contactless delivery/pickup options.
  3. Seating in restaurants has been reduced; if possible, we strongly encourage you to make a reservation or call ahead to determine wait times.
  4. Follow the social distancing and sanitary guidelines that have been put in place to protect you and our other customers and employees.
  5. Do not congregate in groups as you wait to enter the restaurant. Maintain at least 6 feet apart from others.
  6. Once inside everyone is required to have their own seat and each family/household/party will need to stay at least 6 feet apart from each other.
  7. Maximum table seating is eight people. If you have more than that you will need to sit at more than one table, and each table will need to be at least 6 feet apart from each other.
  8. These guidelines are to protect the safety of you, other guests and our staff.


Angelita R. Ebeling

Angelita R. Ebeling

Angelita R. Ebeling

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