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Here Are Current Temporary Restrictions Imposed Bars And Restaurants Stem Spread

As the coronavirus epidemic continues to spread throughout the United States, local and state governments are implementing temporary measures to limit the number of people gathering at restaurants and bars.

Nation’s Restaurant News has collected the most recent restrictions from official statements and news reports.

Updated at 1:30 p.m. EST March 19.

As of March 16 at 2 p.m. EST, the CDC recommends gatherings of no more than 50 people.

These states updated or added restrictions on March 19: Atlanta, Texas

These states updated or added restrictions on March 17: Florida, Miami-Dade County, Nevada, North Carolina, Orange County, Calif., South Carolina, Wisconsin

These states updated or added restrictions after 5 p.m. EST March 16: Colorado, Minnesota, Oregon, Vermont, Dallas, Harris County, Houston, San Antonio

Here are the limits currently imposed at the state level:  

California: Bars, nightclubs, wineries and brewpubs are closed. Restaurants must cut capacity by half to ensure tables are six feet apart.

Colorado: Restaurants and bars will be closed for dine from 8 a.m. March 17 for 30 days. Delivery, drive thru and takeout will be available.

Connecticut: Gatherings of more than 50 people are banned. Restaurants and bars are restricted to delivery and takeout only, effective March 16 at 8 p.m.

Florida: Bars and nightclubs will be closed for the next 30 days. Restaurants must limit customer entry to 50% capacity and stagger seating to ensure guests are a minimum of six feet apart when dining in.

Illinois: Restaurants and bars must close dining rooms through March 30, but delivery, takeout and curbside pickup allowed.

Indiana: Bars and restaurants must close through March 31, but takeout and delivery are allowed.

Kentucky: Restaurants and bars must be closed with limited exceptions for takeout and delivery.

Louisiana: Restaurants and bars will be closed until April 13 except for takeout or delivery. Gatherings of 50 or more people are prohibited.

Massachusetts: Gatherings of more than 25 people are prohibited. Bars and restaurants must remain closed for dine in March 17 through April 5, but delivery and takeout are allowed.

Maryland: Restaurants and bars must close until further notice at 5 p.m. on March 16 but carryout, delivery and drive-thru are allowed.

Michigan: Restaurant and bar dining rooms are closed as of March 16 at 3 p.m. Delivery, takeout and drive-thru are allowed.

Minnesota: Restaurants and bars are closed for dine in from 5 p.m. March 17 until 5 p.m. March 27. Delivery, takeout and drive-thru are allowed.

New Jersey: Gatherings of more than 50 people are banned and a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. will be enforced. Restaurants and bars will be delivery and takeout only, all effective March 16.

New York state: Gatherings of more than 50 people are banned. Restaurants and bars are restricted to delivery and takeout only, effective March 16 at 8 p.m.

Nevada: Restaurants and bars are closed for dine in until further notice beginning at 12 p.m. March 18. Delivery, drive thru and takeout are still available.

North Carolina: Restaurants and bars are closed for dine in until further notice beginning at 5 p.m. March 17 but will be open for takeout, delivery and drive thru.

Ohio: Restaurants and bars must close dining rooms, but delivery and takeout are allowed.

Oregon: Restaurants and bars must close for dine in for one month, beginning on March 17. Gatherings of 25 or more people are prohibited.

Pennsylvania: Restaurants and bars must close dining rooms until March 27 but takeout and delivery are allowed. State-run liquor stores will close indefinately beginning March 16 at 9 p.m.

Rhode Island: All dine-in and food services will be shuttered until March 30, and public gatherings will be limited to 25 people or less. Drive-thru and takeout are allowed with a re-evaluation by the governor in two weeks.

South Carolina: Restaurants and bars are closed for dine in but takeout, delivery and drive thru are still allowed.

Texas: Restaurants and bars are closed for dine but takeout, delivery and drive thru are still allowed. Gatherings of more than 10 peole are prohibited.

Vermont: Restaurants and bars are clossed for dine in starting close of business March 17 through April 6; delivery and take out are still available. Gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited.

Washington state: Restaurants and bars are closed for dine in; public gatherings are limited to 50 or fewer people. Takeout and delivery allowed.

Wisconsin: Restaurants and bars are prohibited from serving food on premises but delivery, takeout and drive thru are still available.

Here are the limits currently imposed at the municipal level: 

Atlanta: Restaurants and bars are closed for dine in until further notice beginning at midnight March 20. Takeout and delivery are still allowed.

Dallas County TX: Restaurants and bars are closed for dine in for a week after March 16 at minimum. Gatherings of more than 50 people are now prohibited.

Harris County, TX: Bars are closed effective modnight March 16.

Houston, TX: Restaurants and bars are closed for dine in for at least 15 days, effective 8 a.m. on March 17.

Los Angeles County: Restaurants and bars are closed for dine in through March 31. Delivery, drive-thru and takeout are allowed.

Miami-Dade County: Restaurants and bars with more than seating for eight people are closed for dine in. Kitchens will remain open for drive thru and delivery.

New Orleans: Restaurants and bars are closed for dine in but delivery, drive-thru and takeout are allowed.

Orange County, Calif: Restaurants and bars are closed for dine in through March 31. Delivery, drive thru and takeout are allowed

San Antonio, TX: Gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited.

Washington, D.C.: Restaurants and bars will close at 10 p.m. on March 16 until April 1. Takeout and delivery will still be allowed.