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Salt Lake Co. Health Dept. shuts down dine-in options at restaurants

Posted at 11:50 AM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 20:16:01-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake County Health Department has declared a public health emergency and issued a health order to immediately bring into effect some restrictions for the food and beverage industry.

The following is an outline of the changes, as stated in a news release from the Health Department.

All retail and service-oriented businesses are required to implement social distancing measures and exclude symptomatic workers from working. Social distancing should include at least 6-feet between customers in the establishment. Workers symptomatic with respiratory illness or fever must not be in the business—no exceptions.

Specifics for the food and beverage industry:

  • Food Service: Dine-in operations are prohibited; takeout, curbside, pickup, drive-thru, delivery (including by third-party services), and mobile food (trucks/carts) are allowed with some modifications.
  • Food Delivery: Drop service only.
  • Grocery Stores and Cafeterias: Eliminate seating areas as well as any other opportunity to congregate.