SNHD Releases Re-Opening Guidelines For Restaurants

In-Room Dining Allowed, With Restrictions, Beginning Saturday

Associated Press
May 07, 2020 - 5:27 am
The closed Evel Pie restaurant in the Fremont East Entertainment District is boarded up as a result of the statewide shutdown due to the continuing spread of the coronavirus across the United States on March 22, 2020

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Once businesses in the Las Vegas area start to reopen, restaurants should offer disposable menus and plates, day cares should keep children from playing or napping within 6 feet (2 meters) of each other, and hotels should remove decorative pillows and encase televisions and remotes in covers that can be wiped down, health officials said.

Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Thrusday that in-person dining can resume at restaurants, but the venues must limit capacity to no more that 50 percent. masks would also need to be worn be employees and tables and booths must be laid out according to social distancing guidelines set forth by the CDC

The Southern Nevada Health District this week released guidelines recommending restaurants switch to disposable utensils and plates when possible, disinfect tables and chairs between customers, and consider using disposable menus, a large board or an electronic menu that could be emailed to customers or accessed online. 

The guidelines also suggest restaurants create a new floor plan that keeps at least 6 feet (2 meters) between tables, encourage reservations and limit people from gathering in waiting areas. Those dining in would be limited to a group of five people.

Child care facilities have been allowed to stay open, but the health district released new guidance for them.

They should require parents to pick up and drop off children outside, take the temperatures of students and staff every day and ask kids whether they have a cough or other symptoms. Children should not drink from a water fountain, their chairs and napping spaces should be kept 6 feet apart and they should be reminded to keep a safe distance from each other. 

Health officials also released guidelines for “enhanced” cleaning of hotel rooms, including changing bed linens, blankets, pillows and towels between guests, covering electronics and routinely disinfecting all surfaces.