Hospitality, Restaurant and Bar Industry COVID-19 Resource Center
Various state and local governments have issued orders, directives, and guidance regulating how restaurants, bars, and others in the hospitality industry must conduct themselves during the current pandemic. As such, steps such as social-distancing, mask-wearing, and hand-washing are not just best practices to protect customers, employees, and communities, they may be legally required conditions to operate. And, when those orders, directives, and guidance are not followed, and the requisite steps are not taken, restaurants, bars, and other establishments may be subjected to enforcement actions. This risk is far from theoretical. State and local agencies and officials across the United States are cracking down on restaurants, bars, and other establishments that are not complying with applicable COVID-19-related orders and guidance. And, the consequences of such enforcement actions – whether initiated by health departments, police departments, alcoholic beverage control regulators, or some other entity – can be severe. Across the country, non-compliant establishments have been ordered to close. Reports and other information about such actions may be found below.
To avoid becoming the subject of such an action, businesses should make sure that they fully understand all applicable laws, orders, and regulations – and that they comply in full with them. And, should an enforcement action be brought against a business, that business should know what to do, who to call, and how to best protect itself. Leech Tishman’s experienced attorneys can help restaurants, bars, and others in the hospitality industry both (i) understand and comply with the various orders and guidance, and (ii) defend themselves if and when an enforcement action is commenced.