Ohio’s detailed guide to reopening bars and restaurants


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) – In one week, restaurants and bars can reopen outdoor dining. 

On May 21 indoor dining will get a reboot. 

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced the reopening plans with some of the people who consulted with business owners across the state Thursday afternoon. 

It will be a very different experience for both workers and customers. 

Here are the guidelines:

  • 6 feet or physical barrier between guests
  • Parties must be 10 or less
  • Many employees will wear masks with some exceptions
  • Guest mask use at owner’s discretion
  • Increase frequency of sanitizing
  • No self-service stations (buffets, etc.)
  • No congregate areas

Businesses also have some suggested guidelines.

You can read those here.

The biggest changes people will likely notice is simply a change in floorplans for social distancing. 

The state offered guidelines for businesses to make work in their own unique spaces, instead of hard and fast rules like capacity limits.

The weather is looking like it will cooperate for outdoor restaurant and bar reopening.

Check the latest forecast here.

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