Southern California restaurants aren't likely to reopen for dine-in seating any time soon but when they do, eating out will look totally different than it did in the Before Times.
You might have to place your order in advance, even if you're dining in. Dining rooms will probably be much emptier. The bar areas of most restaurants will likely remain closed. And you almost certainly won't be able to watch your waiter prepare tableside guacamole or Caesar salad (we miss you, La Parrilla and Dal Rae).
Although only two of California's 58 counties — Butte and El Dorado — are currently able to move deeper into Phase Two of the state's reopening plan, more counties are looking to modify their stay-at-home orders. When they do, here are some of the rules that officials want restaurants to follow, according to guidelines released today by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Let's clarify: California is NOT requiring restaurants to abide by these guidelines. Many restaurant reopening rules will be set at the county and local level. This is a buffet of options that authorities can choose to implement as they loosen stay-at-home orders. Today on AirTalk, we discuss the new guidelines and the likely timeline for L.A. businesses. Are you a restaurant owner or employee? How are you preparing to reopen your business so it’s safe for workers and customers? We want to hear from you. Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722.
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Jot Condie, president & CEO of the California Restaurant Association, an advocacy organization for the restaurant industry