The states banning in-person dining at restaurants and bars during the coronavirus outbreak

As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the United States, state and city officials have started taking steps to limit the chances of person-to-person contact by shutting down bars and restaurants.

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On March 16, President Trump released coronavirus guidelines for America, urging Americans to avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants or food courts.

As of Monday, the following states and cities had already instructed establishments to temporarily close, at least to dine-in customers:

California: Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom had yet to order bars and restaurants to close as of Monday, but said on March 15 that “bars, night clubs, wineries and breweries should close in CA,” and that restaurants should “focus on takeout for those isolating.”

  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered all bars and restaurants throughout the city to close through March 31. Takeout and delivery would still be available.

Connecticut: On March 16, Gov. Ned Lamont announced the closure of all bars and restaurants in the state effective March 16 at 8 p.m.  Takeout and delivery will still be allowed.

Colorado: On March 16, Gov. Jared Polis announced all bars and restaurants would be closed to in-person diners as of 8 a.m. on March 17. Takeout and delivery are still permitted. The order will last at least 30 days.

  • Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced at a press conference on March 16 that all bars and restaurants would be closed to on-site seating as of March 17 at 8 a.m. Takeout and delivery would still be permitted. He said the order would last until May 11.

Hawaii: On March 17, Gov. David Y. Ige directed bars and restaurants to close. Restaurants would be permitted to stay open to provide drive-thru, takeout or delivery services.

Illinois: On March 15, Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered bars and restaurants to close beginning at 9 p.m. on March 16, through at least March 30. Takeout and delivery will still be allowed.

Indiana: Gov. Eric J. Holcomb announced on March 16 that all bars and restaurants would be required to close to “in-person” patrons through the end of March. Takeout and delivery services would still be allowed.

More than a dozen states had enacted bans on in-person dining at restaurants and bars as of Monday afternoon.

More than a dozen states had enacted bans on in-person dining at restaurants and bars as of Monday afternoon. (iStock)

Iowa: On March 17, Gov. Kim Reynolds issued an order for restaurants to close to dine-in customers at 12 p.m. the same day, although they would still be allowed to provide takeout and delivery. She ordered bars to close.

Kentucky: On March 16, Gov. Andy Beshear ordered dine-in service at bars and restaurants to end as of March 16 at 5 p.m. Takeout and delivery options are still allowed.

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Louisiana: On March 16, Gov. John Bel Edwards ordered the closure of bars and restaurants to dine-in patrons as of midnight that night, through at least April 13. Delivery and take out will still be available.

Maryland: On March 16, Gov. Larry Hogan issued an order to close all bars and restaurants as of 5 p.m. on March 16. Takeout and delivery services would still be allowed.

Massachusetts: On March 15, Gov. Charlie Baker announced that on-site dining at restaurants and bars would be banned between March 17 and April 6. Delivery and takeout would still be available.

Michigan: On March 16, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the temporary closure of all bars and restaurants beginning on March 16 at 3 p.m. Takeout and delivery will still be available.

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Nevada: On March 17, Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered all bars and restaurants in the state to close their dining areas as of March 18 at 12 p.m. Restaurants were instead urged to offer service via delivery, drive-thru or takeout.

New Hampshire: On March 16, Gov. Sununu says that bars and restaurants should only serve customers by take out, delivery or drive-thrus and limited public gatherings to 50 people or less.

New Jersey: On March 16, Gov. Phil Murphy ordered bars and restaurants to stop dine-in service as of 8 p.m. that evening “until further notice.” Takeout and delivery would still be available.

New York: On March 16, Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed the closure of bars and restaurants throughout the state as of 8 p.m. that evening. Takeout and delivery would still be allowed. (NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio had previously said all restaurants and bars in NYC would close starting on Tuesday.)

North Carolina: On March 17, Gov. Roy Cooper ordered restaurants and bars to close dine-in services as of 5 p.m. that day. Delivery and takeout are still available.

Ohio: Gov. Mike de Wine announced on March 15 that bars and restaurants would close to diners beginning at 9 p.m. that evening. Takeout and delivery would still be allowed.

Pennsylvania: On. March 16, Gov. Tom Wolf said all bars and restaurants in Pennsylvania would be limited to takeout and delivery beginning at midnight that day.

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Puerto Rico: On March 15, Puerto Rico confirmed that restaurants and bars would be closed to dine-in patrons through March 30. Takeout and delivery would still be available.

Texas: On March 19, Gov. Greg Abbott ordered all bars and restaurants to close for dine-in service as of March 20 at midnight, and last through at least April 3. Delivery and takeout would still be available.

Utah: On March 17, Gov. Gary Herbert ordered the closure of restaurants and bars for in-person dining for at least two weeks. Takeout and delivery options would still be allowed.

Vermont: On March 16, Gov. Phil Scott ordered all bars and restaurants closed, effective on 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Restaurants will still be able to provide delivery and take-out services.

Virginia: On March 17, Gov. Ralph Northam ordered all restaurants and bars to reduce capacity to 10 patrons maximum, or close. Eateries were encouraged to switch to delivery or takeout.

Washington: On March 15, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced that bars and restaurants would no longer be able to serve in-person patrons, although takeout and delivery would still be available. The order goes into effect March 17.

Wisconsin: On March 17, Gov. Tony Evers directed the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to issue an order prohibiting mass gatherings (of more than 10 people) at restaurants and bars, although they would still be allowed to operate for takeout and delivery services.