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Wine Spectator: U.S. Restaurants Start Reopening

May 26, 2020

After months of shutdowns from the coronavirus crisis, restaurants are starting to reopen their dining rooms in certain regions across the United States. Thirty-three states now allow restaurant dining of some kind, whether that’s statewide, or limited to specific counties, like in Florida and Missouri.

Most of those 33 states require capacity limits of 25% to 50%, with additional restrictions such as spacing tables six feet apart and limiting the number of guests in each party. States such as Virginia, Connecticut and New Hampshire are only allowing outdoor seating for now.

Big chains have been quick to make moves. Landry’s, which operates hundreds of restaurants under brands such as Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse and Morton’s, and Darden, the group behind brands such as Capital Grille and Seasons 52, reopened all their locations where stay-at-home orders were lifted by May 4. Some smaller operations are holding off for now. Wine Spectator has more.

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