AZ Health Dept. Issues Restaurant Guidelines Amid Crisis

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Arizona Department of Health announced in a series of tweets March 17 guidelines for restaurants and bars throughout the state. Here they are:

“ADHS strongly recommends dining establishments in areas of known community spread (incl. Maricopa, Pima, & Pinal) discourage dine-in traffic & instead provide curbside pick up/drive-through service. Restaurants should establish protocols that allow food delivered to cars.

“If dine-in options are provided, social distancing measures should be implemented, providing space for customers to be placed at least 6 feet apart, and limiting space for customers to congregate in areas of the restaurant.

“Restaurants should establish a procedure allowing employees to be distanced from each other. They should maintain high hygiene standards & require frequent handwashing between each customer interaction & should institute symptom checks for workers before work.

“Restaurants NOT in an area of community spread are encouraged to develop plans to implement these recommendations should community spread be identified in their community.”

The City of Phoenix, meanwhile, ordered all bars and restaurants to nix dining.

There were 20 cases of COVID-19 in Arizona as of Tuesday, March 17. By county:

9 – Maricopa
5 – Pinal
4 – Pima
1 – Navaho
1 – Graham

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