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Where Restaurants Have Reopened Across the U.S.

Here’s how each state is reopening for business amid the coronavirus pandemic

Restaurant worker wearing mask in empty dining room, looks up toward ceiling. Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

After weeks — and in some cases, months — of shutdowns, states across the country are allowing non-essential businesses to reopen in multi-phase plans. In Texas, restaurants can now reopen their dining rooms at 75 percent capacity, while diners in Alaska and New Hampshire must make reservations in advance of their meals. Some states, like Montana, have put reopening measures in place as they see cases of coronavirus flatten out; others, like Alabama, reopen even as daily case counts climb.

Every state has allowed restaurants to reopen for dine-in service of some kind, with varying degrees of social distancing measures in place for businesses that elect to reopen. These measures, usually described as components of a reopening phase, variously maintain that restaurants must set tables six feet apart, and follow guidelines to cap dining room capacities between 25 and 75 percent. (Bars, meanwhile, are set to reopen in later phases of many state plans, if their reopening has been announced at all.)

Varying guidelines across the country make for a patchwork of reopening measures from state to state and even county to county. (Some major cities might elect to enact separate opening guidelines.) We’ll be updating this list frequently to reflect state and city guidelines allowing restaurants to begin dining room and outdoor service.

States reopening for restaurant dining

State Capacity limit What about bars? Now open, effective as of: Planned reopening date
State Capacity limit What about bars? Now open, effective as of: Planned reopening date
Alabama Eight-person party limit, tables must be six feet apart Bars reopen in accordance with capacity limits and social distancing measures 5/11/2020
Alaska 100 percent; reservations recommended but not required Bars reopen in accordance with capacity limits and social distancing measures 5/22/2020
Arizona Reduced occupany based on restaurant size; 10-person party limit 6/29/2020; bars, previously allowed to reopen, are closing again after a spike in COVID-19 cases 5/11/2020
Arkansas 66 percent; 10-person party limit Bars reopen in accordance with capacity limits and social distancing measures 6/15/2020
California Reopening decided on county-by-county basis, following social distancing measures Bars reopen in accordance with capacity limits and social distancing measures 5/13/2020-6/10/2020; Contra Costa County; Marin County; Napa County; Sacramento County; San Diego County; San Francisco County; San Mateo County; Santa Clara County; Santa Cruz County; Solano County; Los Angeles County
Colorado 50 percent occupacy or 50 diners, whichever comes first; tables must be six feet apart; eight-person party limit 25 percent or 50 diners, whichever comes first 5/27/2020
Connecticut 50 percent; outdoor dining only; tables must be six feet apart Bars remain closed to dine-in service 5/20/2020
D.C. 50 percent; six-person party limit; tables outside must be six feet apart Bars remain closed to dine-in service 5/29/2020
Delaware 60 percent; reservation-only; tables must be eight feet apart Bars reopen in accordance with capacity limits and social distancing measures 6/1/2020
Florida 50 percent; tables outside must be six feet apart As of 6/26/2020, bars must close, after spike in COVID-19 cases 5/18/2020
Georgia No capacity limit 35 percent or 50 diners, whichever comes first 4/27/2020
Hawai'i Reopenings decided on county-by-county basis, following social distancing measures Reopenings decided on county-by-county basis, following social distancing measures
Idaho No strict limits, suggested measures include 50 percent capacity; six-person party limit; tables 10 feet apart No strict limits, suggested measures include 50 percent capacity; six-person party limit; tables 10 feet apart 5/16/2020 6/15/2020; nightclubs, previously allowed to reopen, are closing again after a spike in COVID-19 cases
Illinois Outdoor dining only; tables must be six feet apart Bars reopen in accordance with capacity limits and social distancing measures 5/29/2020; Chicago reopened for outdoor dining 6/3/2020 6/26/2020; dine-in service beginning at 25 percent; 10-person party limit; tables must be six feet apart
Indiana 75 percent 50 percent 5/11/2020
Iowa No strict capacity limits; tables must be six feet apart Bars reopen in accordance with capacity limits and social distancing measures 5/1/2020
Kansas 10-person party limit, if limit is met tables must be six feet apart Bars remain closed to dine-in service 5/4/2020
Kentucky 33 percent capacity; no capacity limit for outdoor dining; tables must be six feet apart; restaurants can increase to 50 percent capacity, one month after they first reopen Bars remain closed to dine-in service until 6/29/2020 5/22/2020
Louisiana 50 percent for indoor dining; tables must be 10 feet apart; no strict capacity on outdoor seating spaces, must follow social distancing measures 25 percent capacity 5/15/2020; New Orleans beginning 5/16/2020
Maine Tables must be six feet apart; eight-person party limit Bars opened for outdoor service 6/1/2020
Maryland Reopenings decided on county-by-county basis, following social distancing measures Reopenings decided on county-by-county basis, following social distancing measures 6/10/2020
Massachusetts Tables must be six feet apart; six-person party limit Bars remain closed to dine-in service 6/8/2020
Michigan 50 percent; tables must be six feet apart Bars reopen in accordance with capacity limits and social distancing measures 5/22/2020
Minnesota 50 percent; tables must be six feet apart Bars reopen in accordance with six-foot distancing measures 6/1/2020
Mississippi 50 percent; six-person party limit Bars reopen in accordance with distancing measures 5/4/2020
Missouri No strict capacity limits; tables spaced out in accordance with social distancing guidelines Bars reopen in accordance with six-foot distancing measures 5/4/2020
Montana 75 percent Bars reopen in accordance with capacity limits and social distancing measures 5/4/2020
Nebraska No capacity limit No capacity limit 5/4/2020
Nevada 50 percent; tables must be six feet apart Bars reopened 5/9/2020
New Hampshire Reopenings decided on county-by-county basis, following social distancing measures Reopenings decided on county-by-county basis, following social distancing measures 5/18/2020
New Jersey No dine-in service; outdoor seating only; tables must be six feet apart Bars reopen in accordance with capacity limits and social distancing measures 6/15/2020 Indoor dining beginning 7/2/2020; 25 percent capacity
New Mexico 50 percent; tables must be six feet apart Bars remain closed to dine-in service 6/1/2020
New York No dine-in service; outdoor seating only; tables must be six feet apart Bars remain closed to dine-in service 6/4/2020 in Capital Region, Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, the Southern Tier, and Western New York; outdoor dining in New York City beginning 6/22/2020
North Carolina 50 percent; tables must be six feet apart Bars remain closed to dine-in service 5/22/2020
North Dakota Reopenings decided on county-by-county basis, following social distancing measures Reopenings decided on county-by-county basis, following social distancing measures 5/1/2020
Ohio 10-person party limit; tables must be six feet apart Bars reopen in accordance with capacity limits and social distancing measures 5/15/2020, outdoor dining only; dine-in service began 5/21/2020
Oklahoma Tables must be six feet apart Bars reopen in accordance with capacity limits and social distancing measures 5/1/2020
Oregon Tables must be six feet apart; 10-person party limit; food and drink service must end by midnight Bars reopen in accordance with capacity limits and social distancing measures 5/15/2020
Pennsylvania No dine-in service; outdoor seating only; openings decided on county-by-county basis, following social distancing measures Bars reopen in accordance with capacity limits and social distancing measures 6/5/2020
Puerto Rico 25 percent Bars reopen in accordance with capacity limits and social distancing measures 5/26/2020
Rhode Island 50 percent; 15-person party limit Bars remain closed 5/18/2020
South Carolina Social distancing measures recommended but not enforced Social distancing measures recommended but not enforced 5/11/2020
South Dakota Social distancing measures recommended but not enforced Social distancing measures recommended but not enforced Capacity limits were never enforced
Tennessee Tables must be six feet apart; 10-person party limit Bars that do not offer sit-down service remain closed 4/27/2020
Texas 75 percent; capacity limits don't apply to outdoor seating As of 6/26/2020, bars previously open at 50 percent capacity must close, after spike in COVID-19 cases 5/1/2020; Indoor capacity increased to 75 percent on 6/12/2020; capacity limits do not apply to outdoor seating 6/29/2020; restaurants revert to 50 percent capacity, after spike in COVID-19 cases
Utah 50 percent; tables must be six feet apart; 10-person party limit Bars reopen in accordance with capacity limits and social distancing measures 5/1/2020
Vermont 25 percent; tables must be six feet apart Bars reopen in accordance with capacity limits and social distancing measures 6/8/2020
Virginia 50 percent Bars reopen in accordance with capacity limits and social distancing measures 6/5/2020
Washington 50 percent; five-person party limit Bars can reopen if they serve food and patrons are seated at tables 5/12/2020; reopening applies to 34 of 39 counties
West Virginia 50 percent; tables must be six feet apart; six-person party limit Bars reopen in accordance with capacity limits and social distancing measures 5/21/2020
Wisconsin No statewide restrictions; limits and reopenings decided on county-by-county basis Bar reopenings decided on county-by-county basis 5/13/2020
Wyoming Tables must be six feet apart; six-person party limit Bars reopen in accordance with capacity limits and social distancing measures 5/16/2020

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