We have seen an increase in reports of non-compliance as restaurants have begun reopening their dining rooms, as allowed by Governor Kemp’s Executive Order from April 23, 2020 if specific measures were taken to ensure customer and employee safety. To assist with compliance, Columbia County government has produced a poster that summarizes the thirty-nine requirements specified in the Executive Order. In addition, the Georgia Department of Public Health has provided COVID-19 Guidance for Restaurants with Dining Room Seating. Keep in mind that ALL food service employees are required to wear face coverings regardless of whether in-house dining is offered or not. Face coverings include– but are not limited to– cloth face masks and bandanas.
Upon investigation by our staff, non-compliant facilities will receive a Notice of Violation that will include instructions for achieving compliance. Continued violation of the Executive Order will prompt contact with local law enforcement to further address the issue.
Please contact your local Environmental Health Office if you have questions about what is needed to operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cobb Environmental Health: 770-435-7815
Douglas Environmental Health 770-920-7311.