Indoor Dining Capacity Increased, Hours Extended

The Governor is signing an executive order to increase indoor capacities in certain businesses from 25 percent to 35 percent, effective 8 a.m. this Friday, February 5th.

  • He is confident in signing the order due to the declining rate of transmission and hospital numbers.
    • For example, on Jan. 13 we reported 3,726 confirmed cases in hospitals. Today, we’re reporting a decrease of 20 percent from that number.
    • While some numbers are still high, we believe we can make this expansion without increasing stress on our healthcare system.
  • Restaurants can expand to 35 percent of capacity, up from 25 percent.
    • We’ve never reduced indoor capacity, contrary to other states, and now are in a position where we can expand.
  • The Governor is lifting the statewide requirement that indoor restaurant service must end at 10 p.m. However, municipalities or counties may continue to regulate hours of in-person service after 8 p.m, as they’ve been permitted to do since November.
    • This approach gives local officials the ability to respond to unique situations of noncompliance.
  • The prohibition on seating at indoor bar areas will remain in effect, as it creates dangerous close and prolonged proximity.
  • Gyms, casinos, performance venues and personal care businesses may also accommodate 35 percent capacity.
  • Indoor gatherings like religious services, weddings, political activities, memorial services, or funerals can also accommodate 35 percent capacity but no more than 150 total individuals.