“What are the Massachusetts Specific Requirements for reopening a restaurant?”

On May 29th, Massachusetts Published the “Safety Standard and Checklist: Restaurants”. The guidelines may be found at : https://www.mass.gov/info-details/safety-standards-and-checklist-restaurants
In addition to the guidance found in the COVID-19 Reopening Action Plan, Massachusetts requires the following:.

Until further notice, only outdoor dining will be allowed at the commencement of phase 2.

Restaurants may not seat customers at the bar. However, the bar area may be used for additional seating if the tables can be spaced allowing for the 6 ft. distancing.

Restaurants must establish directional hallways and pathways for foot traffic if possible with clear signage regarding direction.

Electronic pagers (buzzers) may not be provided for guests as a an alert their table is ready. Texting, video screens, or audio announcements must be used for this notification.

If the employer is notified of a COVID-19 positive case at the workplace, the employer should notify the local Board of Health (LBOH) where the workplace is located and work with them to trace likely contacts in the workplace and advise workers to isolate and self-quarantine.

Post notice to workers and customers of important health information and relevant safety measures as outlined in the Commonwealth’s reopening guidelines.

Posters Required for Massachusetts’ Businesses

The state of Massachusetts requires that all businesses have written control plans and self-certification that the plans are being followed. In addition, the following three posters must be posted in the work-site.

Compliance attestation poster – Poster that customer facing businesses are required to print, sign, and post in an area within the business premises that is visible to workers and visitors (https://www.mass.gov/doc/compliance-attestation-poster-english/download)

Employer and Worker posters – Posters that businesses can print and display within the business premises to describe the rules for maintaining social distancing, hygiene protocols, and cleaning and disinfecting. Employer: (https://www.mass.gov/doc/employer-reopening-poster-english/download). Worker: https://www.mass.gov/doc/worker-reopening-poster-english/download)

You also need to post important health information and safety measures to prevent the spread of this virus. This poster will satisfy those requirements. “Stop the Spread of Germs” The poster is available in 30 different languages. Once you land on the CDC page, type “stop” into the search bar to find the posters.

Make sure your PIC is overseeing the implementation for these reopening requirements.

In the event of a presumptive or actual positive COVID-19 case of a worker, patron, or vendor, the restaurant must be immediately shut down for 24 hours and then must be cleaned and disinfected in accordance with current CDC guidance before re-opening.

Employees that are high risk due to age or underlying conditions are encouraged to stay home or have an alternate work assignment.