STATEWIDE – Restaurants reopened in 12 counties across Maine last week.
The restaurants are required to follow strict social distancing guidelines, according to Hospitality Maine President and CEO Steve Hewins,
Hewins said the maximum capacity of restaurants is 50 people, both outside and inside with no more than eight people per party.
He said tables are six feet apart from each other and sanitized between uses. Employees also wash their hands in between each table visit.
Hewins went to several restaurants in Rangeley Lakes over the weekend and said he was pleased with his experiences.
“Not only was I happy to see the sanitation protocols followed closely because I was looking specifically for that, but I was really happy to see the attitude of people,” Hewins said. “They were upbeat, friendly. Both places I went to, the owner or the manager came by each table and said glad to have you back.”
Hewins said restaurants in Androscoggin, Cumberland, Penobscot and York counties will begin reopening with staggering start dates next week.