Restaurant Reopening Toolkit

Everything You Need to Know Before Resuming On-Premise Service

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.

QUESTIONS?  The GRA is here to help! Reach out to us at and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Reopening Guidelines - UPDATED MAY 28

Georgia Restaurant Guide to Reopening

May 28, 2020 Executive Order

Georgia Dept. of Public Health: COVID-19 Guidance for Restaurant with Dining Room Seating (updated May 12, 2020)

CDC Re-Opening Decision Tree for Restaurants

White House Guidelines: Opening Up America Again

Reopening Best Practices + Helpful Resources

FDA - Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

FDA - Infographic Summary of Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sysco Atlanta - GA 39 Restaurant Reopening Guidelines Checklist

TriMark Strategic - COVID-19 Operating Essentials

Taylor English - Restaurant Best Practices Checklist

CDC - Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes

CDC - Frequently Asked Questions

EPA - Restoring Water Quality in Building for Reopening

Ecolab - Coronavirus Preparation and Response Portal: Resources, links, and suggested best practices for a thoughtful approach to coronavirus (COVID-19) preparation and response in foodservice operations. Readiness Kits, Hand Hygiene Procedures and Resources, Cleaning and Disinfecting, Reopening Checklist for Managers, Guidance for Resuming Operations and Standard Cleaning Procedures 

Georgia Chamber - Background on Unemployment Insurance Under the CARES Act

Georgia Chamber - Reopening Guidance Flyer

US Chamber - Customizable Healthy Workplace Flyer

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Employee Rights Poster (Required to Post)

Employee Training + Education

ServSafe Online Courses + Training

ServSafe has developed a number of free resources aimed at keeping our workers and the dining public safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ServSafe Food Handler - Now through May 31, get the essential training every restaurant and foodservice worker needs to keep guests and themselves safe for FREE! This offer includes both the online training and assessment.

ServSafe Takeout and Delivery: COVID-19 Precautions - Two new, free on-demand training modules that address COVID-19 precautions for takeout and delivery. Available in English and Spanish.

Ecolab Training Videos

Coronavirus: Reducing the Risk of InfectionsUse this video to help educate your employees on ways to help combat the spread of coronavirus.

Practice and Promote Proper Hand WashingHand washing can be one of the most important ways to prevent any kind of viral outbreak.

GRA Expert Guidance

Free COVID-19 Guidance: Legal | Financial | Insurance

We are grateful for the support of our Corporate Partners and Allied Members. As a member of the GRA, our experts are lending their support free of charge to help address legal, financial and insurance related issues arising from the pandemic. This offer is only available to all Georgia-based and Georgia-located restaurants, and the only requirement is that your legal, financial or insurance issue be COVID-19-related. Areas of assistance include:

  • Alcohol regulations;

  • CARES Act/SBA Funding (PPP and EIDL loan applications, forgiveness and other issues surrounding the programs);

  • CARES Act Tax Credits

  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act

  • Landlord/Tenant negotiations;

  • Unemployment (employer filing, furloughs, layoffs, etc.);

  • Restaurant and food safety;

  • Vendor negotiations;

  • and more.

To access this assistance, send an email stating your name, restaurant and a description of your issue to We will follow up in the order your email is received.

Upcoming Webinars + On-Demand Recordings

Sysco | Ecolab | GRA Webinar – April 28, 2020

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Download Slide Deck

How Restaurants Are Responding to COVID-19 Crisis, presented by Restaurant Business – April 14, 2020

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Government Affairs

Office of the Governor

Kemp, State Officials Give Update on COVID-19 – May 28, 2020

Governor Kemp Gives COVID-19 Update – April 27, 2020

Governor Kemp, Georgia Dept. of Labor Address Unemployment Options – April 22, 2020

Georgia Department of Labor

Information for filing for unemployment, mandatory filing by employers for partial claims, and reemployment services – March 27, 2020

Georgia Department of Labor Expanded Rules and Resources – March 26, 2020

Local Government

Local Government Ordinances, Licenses, Regulation + Waivers


COVID-19 Policy Tracker

CDC Resources

Interim Guidance for Business and Employers

Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection

Prevention in Communities, Schools, Healthcare Settings and Businesses

Additional Resources

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Georgia Department of Labor | Unemployment – Employer

Georgia Department of Public Health

Restaurant Business Relief Programs

Latest Industry News

COVID-19 Testing

Rehire Letter Template