RESTAURANT BAR SERVICE & PRIVATE EVENT WALK-UP BARS
The Connecticut Restaurant Association has been working closely with the CT DECD over the last few weeks to work on updates to the guidelines for restaurant bar service, as well as walk-up bars for private events. New language has been approved for both areas and it goes into effect immediately.
For restaurant bar service, a plexiglass barrier is no longer needed when performing limited service duties (ex. pouring/serving beverages, taking/processing orders, serving food, and delivering/picking up the bill). However, six-foot spacing or plexiglass barriers will be needed is for mixing drinks or performing any other work station duties behind the bar. Bartenders/Servers will still need to continue to follow personal protection requirements.
As for Private Events, the rules committee has now approved Walk-Up Bar Service for both indoor and outdoor private events.
UPDATED LANGUAGE TO BOTH GUIDELINES BELOW:
RESTAURANT BAR SEATING
Bar seating will be permitted so long as the following conditions are met:
- Staff working behind the bar follow all personal protection requirements; and
- Work behind the bar is limited to pouring/serving beverages, taking/processing orders, serving food, and delivering/picking up the bill. All mixing of drinks and other work performed behind the bar must be performed at a distance of six (6) feet from customers seated at the bar or a physical barrier (e.g. Plexiglass) must be used if within the six foot spacing, and
- The Plexiglass barrier must be at least 30 inches high and a gap/opening at the bottom of the barrier is allowed for food and drink service as long as the gap/opening is no more than 8 inches high
- Parties must be seated at bars (no standing customer service) and parties must be spaced at least 6 ft from other parties.
INDOOR & OUTDOOR PRIVATE EVENTS
BAR SERVICE ALLOWED ONLY DURING PRIVATE EVENTS: Walk-up bar service is allowed, provided patrons follow proper social distancing guidelines.
*Please note walk-up bar service is still not permitted at restaurant bars. This update is for Private Events Only