Guidelines for Safe Take-Out
- Do not allow customers to dine on premise.
- There should be a minimum distance of six feet between individuals including staff.
- If possible, orders should be placed via phone or email, with payment being taken via credit card.
- If an employee is sick or showing symptoms, they must be sent home immediately.
- Follow the requirements of the local food code. This includes a focus on hand washing.
- Check out FREE ServSafe Take-out & Delivery with COVID-19 Precautions Training
Alcohol Take-Out and Delivery
The Governor has issued an emergency order temporarily allowing restaurants to provide a limited amount of beer and wine in conjunction with take-out and delivery food orders. Please be aware:
- All beer and wine sales for take-out or delivery are not subject to the 9% Meals & Rentals Tax.
- No alcohol can be consumed on premise.
- Draft beer and mixed drinks cannot be sold.
What about other hospitality establishments?
The Executive Order prohibits on premise dining or drinking in any establishment that sells food or drink. This includes catering companies and breweries as well as lodging facilities and other events venues. Guests should not congregate in lobbies or public areas.
Should I remain open for take-out and delivery or remain closed?
- Does the revenue model for take-out only meet the expenses you need?
- Is it worth staying open with a negative revenue model?
- Consider the options of taking on additional debt.
- Can I access Small Business Administration Loans?
- Can I take out interest only loan?
- Discussion with landlords: Operators should consider approaching landlords to reduce rents to somewhere around 6% of sales while operations are closed and for a 60-day period once we re-open. If doing some to go or delivery sales, offer to share a percentage with them. Landlords should be our partners, and they should have flexibility if they want to get their tenants back and paying rent. The ramp up will allow business to get their feet back on the ground.
- Contact your utility companies: You need a temporary time-out from payments. Ensure they will keep your power/gas/energy on