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Rules for Reopening Restaurants

May 15, 2020
Mark Fraizer News

COLUMBUS – State Representative Mark Fraizer (R-Newark) today announced the rules and guidelines for the reopening of bars and restaurants in Licking County and across Ohio. The reopenings are a part of the governors Responsible RestartOhio plan.

Today, May 15, bars and restaurants are permitted to reopen for outdoor dining. On May 21, they can open for dine-in services.

“It was great to see retail stores open up earlier this week, and I anticipate the people of Licking County are looking forward to getting somewhat back to their normal lives,” said Fraizer. “I’m especially looking forward to going to 1922 On the Square with my family. Although many of us are excited to be out in public, it’s important for us to keep hygienic practices in mind and continue to social distance”

Mandatory and recommended practices for restaurants and bars have been available for review for business owners. The list was created by the governor’s Restaurant Advisory Group. Mandatory rules for employees and customers include the following:

  • Ensure minimum of six feet between employees, if not possible, utilize barriers if applicable and increase the frequency of surface cleaning, handwashing, sanitizing and monitor compliance.
  • Businesses must allow all customers to use facial coverings
  • Businesses must require all employees to wear facial coverings unless facial coverings are: prohibited by law or regulation, in violation of documented industry standards, not advisable for health reasons, in violation of the business’s documented safety polices, etc.
  • Employees must perform daily symptom assessment.
  • Require employees to stay home if symptomatic.
  • Require regular handwashing by employees.
  • Post a list of COVID-19 symptoms in a conspicuous place.
  • Ask customers not to enter if symptomatic.
  • Provide access to hand washing methods while in the food service establishment.

For the full list of mandatory and recommended best practices, visit

Fraizer also announced $500 rebate program, supported by JobsOhio and the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Liquor Control. Through the program, JobsOhio will provide a $500 rebate in high-proof spirituous liquor to eligible permits for purchases made through Ohio Liquor Contract Liquor Agencies.

“I applaud JobsOhio for establishing this program for Ohio’s restaurants,” said Fraizer. “Although many bars and restaurants have been trying to stay open by offering delivery and take-out options, they’re still struggling.”

There are currently more than 13,600 eligible permits in Ohio, totaling $6.8 million in potential rebates available to bars and restaurants, according to JobsOhio. To view qualifying permits and to register for the liquor rebate program, visit


For more information, contact Rep. Fraizer’s office at (614) 466-1482 or