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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: May 13, 2020 09:45 AM
From: Senator Gene Yaw
To: All Senate members
Subject: Re-Open Restaurants (Two-Part Package)
 
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to reopen restaurants, bars & private clubs in “yellow and green” designated counties.  This would apply to restaurant, hotel and private club licensed establishments that serve food and alcohol, as well as non-liquor licensed restaurants.  This legislation would not apply to night clubs and music venues.  The provisions in this legislation would remain in effect until the Disaster Declaration is terminated and establishments are allowed to return to normal dine-in operations.



Document #1

Introduced as SB1155

Description: Under the first bill, establishments with decks, patios, and courtyards could open those outdoor areas, permitting up to 100% outdoor maximum seating capacity in compliance with a six foot table distancing rule. Licensed establishments could offer all alcoholic beverages for which they are licensed.   During this step, sidewalk areas that may have regular foot traffic would not be opened to patrons to dine.   Establishments which do not have existing outside seating could have temporary outside seating.  For those establishments with parking lots, but no previously used outdoor space, this legislation would allow those establishments to design limited seating in a designated part of that area, following the same rules as decks, patios, and courtyards, and “roped” off with a single entry point.  
 
As a general rule, the following would be observed for both measures:
  • All employees would be required to wear masks
  • All employees must have regularly scheduled handwashing times, not to exceed hourly
  • All table seatings must be at least six feet apart regardless of seating capacity limitations
  • All tables must be thoroughly disinfected between customers
  • No tables would seat more than eight people
  • No salad bars or self-serve buffets would be permitted
  • Patrons would get one-time paper menus, or use online menus through personal technology, or have plastic covered menus that are sanitized after each use.
  • No table condiments
  • No pre-set tables
  • Patrons would be seated by reservation only to avoid waiting lines
  • Hand sanitizer must be located near entries, and all patrons required to clean hands for entry and departure
I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this bill.
 

Document #2

Introduced as SB1156

Description: Under the second bill, establishments could begin seating a limited number of patrons inside of those establishments, following the same rules as outdoors, up to a maximum 50% premise occupancy with each table at least 6 feet apart.
 
As a general rule, the following would be observed for both measures:
  • All employees would be required to wear masks
  • All employees must have regularly scheduled handwashing times, not to exceed hourly
  • All table seatings must be at least six feet apart regardless of seating capacity limitations
  • All tables must be thoroughly disinfected between customers
  • No tables would seat more than eight people
  • No salad bars or self-serve buffets would be permitted
  • Patrons would get one-time paper menus, or use online menus through personal technology, or have plastic covered menus that are sanitized after each use.
  • No table condiments
  • No pre-set tables
  • Patrons would be seated by reservation only to avoid waiting lines
  • Hand sanitizer must be located near entries, and all patrons required to clean hands for entry and departure
I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this bill.