Indoor Dining In Connecticut Could Return June 20th
In what they call 'Phase Two' of the re-opening, Connecticut Restaurants could resume indoor dining starting in mid June.
It seems like forever that we were able to sit down at one of our favorite restaurants and enjoy a good meal, but in just over a month, it looks like it may actually become a reality again.
In a press briefing last week, Governor Ned Lamont responded to restaurant owners who would like to see indoor dining return by June 3rd, two weeks after the state officially re-opens. However here's what Lamont told current.com:
I think we’re going to get to inside dining eventually, but it’s not simply a matter of the state saying June 20, it’s also a matter of giving the consumers confidence. June 3 is too soon for indoor dining. I’m going to err on the side of caution.
Here are some of the steps Restaurants would have to take to be able to resume inside dining:
- Limited overall restaurant capacity
- Expanded distance between tables
- No physical contact with staff
- No standing room or bar seating
- Everyone will have to wear mask's and gloves
- Intensive cleaning between customer interactions
- New paper menus, and less direct contact with payment
- Eliminating tabletop condiments
- Encouraging older adult's and those with pre-existing conditions not to dine indoors
- Continuing to offer curb side and take out options
Here's a good example of how fast a virus can spread inside a restaurant. Check out this video, it's an experiment using a fluorescent substance and black lights.