Rhode Island restaurants can reopen outdoor dining areas beginning May 18, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Monday.
Restaurants will need to comply with several regulations that Raimondo says will ensure Rhode Island “can live safely with the virus.”
Here are the requirements:
- Groups will be required to make a reservation, cannot exceed five people, and must provide their contact information for potential contact tracing.
- Tables must be spaced eight feet apart or separated by barriers.
- Menus, condiments, and utensils should be single use or must be sanitized in between groups.
- Cashless transactions are recommended, and valet service is not permitted.
Rhode Island has created a team of inspectors that will visit businesses to confirm compliance with reopening guidelines.