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Guidelines for Indoor Dining at Restaurants

Today, Orange County moved into Red Tier 2 of the State's new reopening guidelines, meaning restaurants may now resume indoor operations at limited capacity. Going forward, a county has to remain in a Tier for a minimum three weeks (21 days) before being considered to advance to the next Tier.

  • Indoor operations are restricted to 25% of the occupancy of the restaurant, or 100 persons, whichever is lower.
  • Restaurants must close every night by 10 p.m.
  • Physical distancing and hygiene measures are still applicable, so patrons must be seated far enough apart to maintain physical distancing; this may mean a business is not able to accommodate 25% occupancy indoors.
  • Bars within restaurants are still closed for dining. The bar can be used by employees for the preparation of beverages, but no patrons can sit at the bar and receive service. This includes seating at sushi bars.
  • Bars/ Breweries/ Distilleries that do not serve meals are still closed.
  • Wineries are allowed to be open for outdoor operations with modifications.