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OSHA Provides Safety Guidelines For Restaurants Operating With Curbside And Takeout Service


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) just provided safety tips and best practices for restaurants and other food and beverage businesses, limited by government orders to curbside and takeout service. These guidelines include the following:

Beyond these suggestions, you should check your local and state laws for any additional requirements on curbside and takeout service.  As the restaurant industry continues to try and recover from governmental shutdown orders, expect to see many of these “guidelines” to show up in your local and state reopening orders.

What Should Employers Do?

As you begin the process of reopening, you should familiarize yourself with our alert: 5 Steps To Reopen Your Workplace, According To CDC’s Latest Guidance. You should also keep handy our 4-Step Plan For Handling Confirmed COVID-19 Cases When Your Business Reopens in the event you learn of a positive case at your workplace. For a more thorough analysis of the many issues you may encounter from a labor and employment perspective, we recommend you review our FP BEYOND THE CURVE: Post-Pandemic Back-To-Business FAQs For Employers and our FP Resource Center For Employers.


Fisher Phillips will continue to monitor the rapidly developing COVID-19 situation and provide updates as appropriate. Make sure you are subscribed to Fisher Phillips’ Alert System to get the most up-to-date information. For further information, contact your Fisher Phillips attorney, any attorney in our Hospitality Practice Group, or any member of our Post-Pandemic Strategy Group Roster.

This Legal Alert provides an overview of a specific developing situation. It is not intended to be, and should not be construed as, legal advice for any particular fact situation.

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