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PA Restaurants Can Open Outdoor Dining Rooms June 5 - But What About Restaurants Without Outdoor Seating Areas?

PA Restaurants Can Open Outdoor Dining Rooms June 5 - But What About Restaurants Without Outdoor Seating Areas? | Newtown News of Interest |

The state has issued guidelines for restaurants opening amid the pandemic. Rules include spacing between tables and limited capacity.


Pennsylvania restaurants in the yellow phase of coronavirus mitigation will be permitted to open outdoor dining areas starting June 5 provided they follow safety and social distancing guidelines, state officials announced Wednesday.


All Pennsylvania counties are expected to be in either the yellow or green phase of mitigation by that date. Restaurants in the green phase are allowed to open interior dining rooms.


The following rules apply for restaurants in the yellow phase:


  • Indoor areas, including bar areas, of restaurants and retail food service businesses must be closed to customers except for through-traffic.
  • Non-bar seating in outdoor areas (i.e., tables or counter seats that do not line up to a bar or food service area) may be used for customer seating.
  • Customers being served must be seated at a table.
  • Tables must maintain a 6 feet distance between parties.


Yellow-phase dining operations are prohibited from operating self-service food or drink options, such as buffets and salad bars. Condiments must be removed from tables and dispensed by employees upon the request of a customer. Reusable menus, other than digital menus sanitized after each use, are prohibited.

johnmacknewtown's insight:

At recent Newtown Board of Supervisors (BOS) meetings, the Supervisors grappled with how the township might be able to allow restaurants  without outdoor seating certificates of occupancy to place outdoor seating tables on sidewalks and/or parking areas. Several ideas were put forward and discussed. Find the streaming videos of recent BOS meetings here.

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