Guide to Reopening for Georgia Restaurants

Updated May 12, 2020

The Georgia Restaurant Association appreciates Governor Kemp’s support of our restaurant community. The safety, health and well-being of Georgia's restaurant owners, workers and guests has always been the absolute top priority of our organization. We ask that restaurants and diners follow the rules set by the Office of the Governor. During this transitional period we are all in, Georgia's restaurants request respect, patience and understanding with regards to the pace of reopening. Some may be ready and have welcomed diners back, while many will need additional time to confirm their individual supply chain, restart new operational standards, and ensure the safety of their staff and guests.


On May 12, 2020 Governor Brian Kemp issued an executive order to provide additional guidance for his ‘Reviving a Healthy Georgia’ order that was announced April 23, 2020.

Beginning at midnight May 14 and ending at 11:59 p.m. May 31, restaurants and dining services that choose to open must mitigate the exposure of COVID-19 to customers and workforce using precautions listed in the May 12th order.

May 12, 2020 Executive Order: 'Providing Additional Guidance to Reviving a Healthy Georgia'

The GRA has worked with the National Restaurant Association, representatives of the Food and Drug Administration, academia, the Conference for Food Protection, Ecolab, the Georgia Department of Public Health and industry representatives to develop a set of opening and operating guidelines specific to Georgia to help restaurants return to full operation safely when the time comes.

This guidance is designed to provide you with a basic summary of recommended practices that can be used to help mitigate exposure to the COVID-19 virus, including: food safety, cleaning and sanitizing, employee health and social distancing.

We trust each individual restaurant will use the resources provided to make a responsible choice that is best for their business and their community.

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