Social distancing, as defined by CDC, is the “remaining out of congregate settings ”—which would be an environment in which a number of people gather for a period of time— “and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.” The CDC is highly encouraging “social distancing” to help minimize the spread of coronavirus-19 and the guidance advises that gatherings of 50 or more people be postponed throughout the United States. The guidance does not apply to organizations like restaurants and other day-to-day business operations; however, states and municipalities can impose limits themselves. As of this date, Governor Kemp has not stated that Georgia restaurants must close their dining rooms, but to encourage effective social distancing, it is strongly recommended that restaurants only offer take-out and/or drive-thru service. If the dining area does remain open, it is recommended that customers be seated as far apart as possible. And if food is served from a buffet, it is recommended that the buffet be well-monitored, and that the food is served directly to customers by restaurant staff.
Also check out ServSafe’s Coronavirus: What Can You Do? guide, which offers coronavirus information tailored for the food service industry. Coronavirus related information updates often as more is learned about this illness, so please routinely check other resources like the CDC’s and CDPH’s dedicated coronavirus webpages for updates.
Additionally, the National Restaurant Association and the Georgia Restaurant Association are offering dedicated COVID-19 webpages that offer resources geared toward the food service industry, including links for food donation and mental health organizations.