Guide to Reopening for Georgia Restaurants

Updated april 1, 2021

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 to welcome diners back, while many will need additional time to confirm their individual supply chain, initiate new operational standards, and ensure the safety of their staff and guests.

On March 31, 2021, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued his latest two Executive Orders.  Beginning at midnight March 31 and ending at 11:59 p.m. April 30, 2021, restaurants and bars must mitigate the exposure of COVID-19 to customers and workforce using precautions listed in the Order. Banquet facilities, private event facilities, and private reception venues where food is served must adhere to the same measures as restaurants and bars.

Georgia Dept. of Public Health: COVID-19 Guidance for Restaurants (updated Feb. 16, 2021)

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, the Office of the Governor 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.

Need to train your employees on these safety protocols? THRIVE Georgia is an online training suite that will quickly and effectively educate your staff on the mitigation measures outlined in Governor Kemp's Executive Order. Get started with THRIVE Georgia today.

Questions? The GRA is here to help! Send us an email and we'll get back to you ASAP.