Georgia and Atlanta Bars and Nightclubs Can Reopen June 1 But Must Follow 39 Health and Safety Measures During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Gov. Brian Kemp is permitting Georgia’s bars and nightclubs to reopen for enterprise on Monday, June 1. Like eating places throughout the state, bars should observe 39 obligatory security necessities with a view to reopen, together with screening employees for COVID-19 signs, limiting capability to 25 individuals or 35 p.c of complete occupancy, permitting events of not more than six individuals, and solely serving drinks inside designated areas or to seated patrons. It seems the COVID-19 necessities for Georgia’s eating places open for dine-in service will even proceed.

Throughout the Thursday afternoon press convention, the governor prolonged Georgia’s public well being emergency via July 12 and urged individuals to put on masks in public. He additionally elevated public gatherings from ten to 25 individuals, so long as teams proceed to observe social distancing pointers of six ft or extra between people not members of the identical family.

“We strongly encourage all Georgians and guests to put on face coverings to assist mitigate viral unfold, and restrictions stay intact for almost each Georgia enterprise.”

Some Atlanta bar owners have expressed concerned over what reopening will imply for his or her companies, particularly with the anticipated state-mandated capability limits, social distancing measures, and the shortage of capacity to supply substantial takeout choices because of Georgia’s strict liquor legal guidelines.

“It’s a brilliant absurd state of affairs to be in, which is why many of us have already gone out of enterprise,” Alphonzo Cross, proprietor of Castleberry Hill cocktail den Parlor, advised Eater. “Eating places can do takeout, however individuals don’t precisely drink by means of takeout. They don’t expertise a cocktail by takeout.”

Grant Henry, the proprietor of Edgewood Avenue bar, Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium (often known as “Church”,) worries bars received’t be capable to maintain sufficient enterprise whereas following the obligatory and “but crucial” measures wanted to maintain employees and patrons protected.

The governor started rolling back restrictions on restaurants throughout the state in mid-Might, together with rising the occasion measurement at eating places from six to 10 individuals per desk and the eating capability from ten patrons per 500 sq. ft to 10 patrons per 300 sq. ft. As of April 27, Georgia eating places can reopen for dine-in service so long as they observe a set of 39 health and safety requirements. These embrace requiring workers to put on masks and limiting seating capability within the eating room and on patios.

Earlier this week, 21 eating places and bars positioned within the Previous Fourth Ward neighborhood signed a voluntary pledge to observe security measures that go above and past the state’s reopening requirements. The Old Fourth Ward Pledge to Public Health includes of 25 extra well being and security measures and contains steering from the Georgia State Board of Cosmetologists and Barbers, the CDC, and greatest practices from different cities and nations.

For eating places and bars, the pledge options security measures, like requiring masks be worn upon coming into and exiting and temperature checks for purchasers, offering lids and straws for drinks at bars, and putting in an alarm to remind workers to often sanitize high-touch surfaces and wash their arms.

“It was necessary for us to create this pledge with a number of tiers of security measures for our neighborhood companies to go above and past state pointers, which fall quick in reaching this aim,” Noni’s Deli proprietor Matt Ruppert mentioned of the pledge.

Previous Fourth Ward companies can select to implement one or more of the three tiers in the safety plan, which intently follows the five-phase reopening plan created by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

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