Houston-area restaurants can now operate at 75% as phase 3 of reopening plan begins

HOUSTON – Gov. Greg Abbott announced last week that restaurants will be allowed to expand to 75% capacity starting on June 12, according to a press release.

Checklists for restaurants were updated to reflect the changes to include protocols on interactive venues and valet services.

Before Friday, all restaurants were operating at 50% capacity.

Party limits have also changed. Restaurants can now accept parties of up to 10 people. Restaurants must keep parties separated between 4 and 6 feet.

Restaurants with video game equipment and other interactive amusements must assign a full-time staff member to disinfect frequently touched areas before and after customer use. Social-distancing between games must be strictly enforced.

If not already, valet services can resume as long as they follow the same health and safety protocols as restaurants such as temperature checks and sanitization. Workers must sanitize each time they are in contact with a customer or a customer’s vehicle.

Protocols such as one-time-use condiments and disposable menus must continue. Hand sanitizing stations must also be present at every restaurant entryway.

To read more of how restaurants can safely move to the next phase, click here.

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