Fisher Phillips State-by-State Restaurant Guide to Reopening

The restaurant industry has been severely impacted by state shutdown orders. As states start reopening businesses, it is vital to know the applicable rules that apply to your location or locations. Whether you operate a single location or are a multi-unit operator, compliance will include assessing business operations, bringing employees back to work, and ensuring a safe operation for customers and employees. In an effort to assist the restaurant industry, our Hospitality Practice Group has prepared a comprehensive state-by-state chart that addresses your most commonly asked questions. For each state, we provide information regarding dine-in restrictions, face mask requirements, employee temperature-taking, customer health checks, sanitation, paid sick leave, and much more. Download the chart, find your state, and get ready to reopen! 

*Note: This chart only outlines State requirements and guidelines. Your local county or municipality may have additional requirements – please check with your county or municipality for any applicable local rules.

Click here to download the chart (last updated May 24, 2020).


Catharine Morisset, Partner
Catharine Morisset is a litigation partner in the firm’s Seattle office, representing local and national employers in litigation in state and federal courts, on appeal, and also before the EEOC and similar state agencies in all aspects of workplace law, such as the ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, FCRA, NLRA, Title VII, UTSA, and similar state laws. From the outset, Catharine works with clients to develop a strategy that leads to successful resolutions, whether it is a meticulous plaintiff’s deposition, motion to dismiss, favorable mediation, or trial success.

Alden J. Parker, Regional Managing Partner
Alden Parker is a member of the firm’s COVID-19 Taskforce, a cross-disciplinary team of attorneys dedicated to advising employers on the many workplace law aspects of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Alden Parker is the managing partner of the firm’s Sacramento office and the co-chair of the Hospitality Industry Group. Alden represents employers in all facets of employment law matters.

Erin Price, Associate
Erin Price is an associate in the firm’s Sacramento office. She is an employment litigator with experience representing private and public employers in various aspects of labor and employment law. Specifically, she has garnered favorable outcomes in federal and state court for such clients facing workplace discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination, as well as wage and hour claims.

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