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The Richfield Mall has learned the State of Utah is making plans to re-open restaurants, in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic. An earlier announcement from Gov. Herbert set a goal for May 1, 2020. But beyond that, many were wondering how it would be rolled out.

According to personnel at the Central Utah Public Health Department, the keyword for the re-opening may be “gradual” with a “phased-in approach” requiring restaurants to establish additional safety protocols if they wish to welcome back dine-in guests.

Here is the info from the Health Department about this will actually be handled.

After the Governor’s announcement last week regarding opening up establishments, we have had a number of calls from elected officials asking how this will work in our local communities.

To clarify a few items, right now all restrictions that have been in place are still in place, with the exception of the closures of state parks, those have resumed operation. Food establishments are still under restrictions for dine-in service, and will be under these until at least May 1. At that time, the state could elect to continue restrictions, but it sounds like they are targeting that date as the beginning for lifting those restrictions.

This will likely not be a full lifting of restrictions but will be a phased-in approach. Some of the items being discussed include spreading out tables to increase social distancing, limiting the number in a group, increasing sanitation of high touch surfaces, etc.

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