Strict Rules Apply For Those Who Don’t Want To Dine Outdoor
Published Aug. 31
Just because indoor dining is back in San Diego’s restaurants and restaurant/bars does not mean that things are back to normal.
Far from it, in fact. Here’s what you need to know if you’re going for indoor dining.
• All diners must wear a mask except when eating or drinking. This applies when you are seated waiting on your food, during conversations if you linger a bit after your meal, walking in and out of the restaurant and going to the restroom.
• Seating at the bar is allowed if the restaurant/bar sets up seats or tables.
• Only 25% seating capacity is allowed in establishments.
• Your name and phone number will be taken upon entering the business to help with contact tracing if needed.
• If you’re going for drinks, you must still order food in order to get an alcoholic beverage.
• Operating hours are not extended, which means you must be seated by 10 p.m., last call is soon afterward and you must be out by 11 p.m.
• Bars, brewpubs and other establishments that don’t serve food must remain closed.
• Outdoor dining remains the same, which does not call for wearing a mask when seated even when not eating and drinking.
So the ability to go indoor once again for eating is not quite the breakthrough many customers and restaurant/bar owners are looking for, but it is a small step in the right direction as the county continues to battle and monitor COVID-19 infections and positive test cases.
It does, however, provide a welcome relief from hot days when the prospect of sitting outside under a blazing sun is not such an appealing endeavor.