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Indoor Dining Slowly Reopens Around the U.S.

AlphaSense Analyst

Six months after the pandemic shuttered dining rooms, counties across the United States have started reopening indoor dining, most at limited capacity. On Wednesday, Governor Cuomo announced that New York City's restaurants can open their indoor dining rooms at 25% capacity at the end of September.

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Mentions of “indoor dining” and related terms in company documents and news articles increased significantly in June.

During Q2 earnings, many restaurant groups acknowledged that suburban and rural areas carried their restaurants while COVID restrictions impacted major metropolitan areas. Executives noted that, as indoor dining options improve in the United States, so too will their bottom line. To dig deeper into executive commentary on indoor dining, login to AlphaSense or start a free trial.

Takeaways:

  • Sysco Corp noted that major metropolitan settings are underperforming versus more suburban or rural areas where restrictions have been eased. Manhattan, LA, San Francisco, Seattle, and Miami are the “toughest cities on restrictions, which directly impacts quarterly results.”
  • Since March, 85% of restaurant transactions is for food consumed off-premise, taken back home
  • Almost 50% of states currently allow indoor dining with capacity restrictions

How are states handling indoor dining?

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U.S. States, Indoor dining mandates. Combined data sources: AlphaSense & AARP

Sysco Corp (Conference Transcript - 9/10)

"Our business in Manhattan right now is very soft in comparison to the other book of business we have essentially everywhere else. Major metropolitan, dense urban settings are underperforming versus more rural areas or places where restrictions have been more sufficiently eased. So Manhattan, L.A., San Francisco, Seattle, Miami, those are actually the toughest cities from a restriction perspective, and we can directly see that in our results.

On the flip of the coin, Europe, without a doubt, was a headwind... Europe entered the crisis earlier than...the United States. And they came out of the crisis from a restrictions perspective after we did in the United States. And that had a very significant impact on our business."


McCormick & Co Inc (Conference Transcript - 9/8)

"Consumers are increasing at-home consumption with restaurant carryout and delivery. So on top of not dining outlets, recent data says that 85% of restaurant transactions is actually for food consumed off-premise, taken back home."

State

Restaurants Status

Notes

Alabama

Dine-in allowed with social restrictions

“Safer at Home” order until Oct 2nd. Restaurants, bars, and breweries can offer limited dine-in services

Alaska

Dine-in allowed

All businesses can reopen at 100% capacity

Arizona

Dine-in allowed with capacity restrictions

Restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, theme parks can open at 50% capacity

Arkansas

Dine-in allowed with capacity restrictions

Phase 2 of reopening, restaurants can open at 66% capacity

California

Dependent on county

Each county falls into four color-coded tiers, depending on the % of positive cases. Once a county is out of the purple (most severe) tier, indoor dining can resume at 25% capacity

Colorado

Dine-in allowed with capacity restrictions

50% capacity or 50 people (whichever is fewer); bars must stop serving alcohol at 11pm

Connecticut

Dine-in allowed with capacity restrictions

50% capacity

Delaware

Dine-in allowed with capacity restrictions

Restaurants and most other businesses can reopen at 60% capacity.

Florida

Dine-in allowed with capacity restrictions

Indoor service allowed at 50% capacity.

Georgia

Dine-in allowed

Restaurants must adhere to sanitation and social distancing guidelines

Hawaii

Outdoor dining allowed

In the “Act with Care” phase of reopening - businesses can resume operations with restrictions. Restaurants should focus on outdoor dining.

Idaho

Dependent on county

In Stage 4 of Idaho’s reopening plan - migrating to a regional plan moving forward

Illinois

Dine-in allowed with capacity restrictions

25% capacity, tables must be 6 feet apart, heavy sanitation required between parties

Indiana

Dine-in allowed with capacity restrictions

75% capacity, required safety plan for social distancing and sanitation

Iowa

Dine-in allowed with social restrictions

Required customer limit, all parties must be 6 feet apart

Kansas

Dependent on county

Statewide plan offers guidance, but counties aren’t required to follow it

Kentucky

Dine-in allowed with capacity restrictions

Bars and restaurants can reopen at 50% capacity, all parties must be 6 feet apart

Louisiana

Dine-in allowed with capacity restrictions

50% capacity; bars must remain closed for on-premises food and drink but can remain open for pickup & delivery

Maine

Outdoor dining allowed

Bars, restaurants, and tasting rooms can offer outdoor dining, but indoor dining has been postponed

Maryland

Dine-in allowed with capacity restrictions

50% capacity, no buffet style allowed

Massachusetts

Dine-in allowed with social restrictions

Tables must be 6 feet apart

Michigan

Outdoor dining allowed

Businesses must refuse service to those not wearing a mask

Minnesota

Dine-in allowed with social restrictions

Reservations required to dine-in at any restaurant

Mississippi

Dine-in allowed with social restrictions

Bars can serve alcohol only to seated patrons and only until 11pm.

Missouri

Dine-in allowed

Full reopening on June 16th - all statewide restrictions lifted

Montana

Dine-in allowed with capacity restrictions

75% capacity

Nebraska

Dine-in allowed with capacity restrictions

75% capacity

Nevada

Dine-in allowed with social restrictions

Must comply with social distancing and sanitation guidelines

New Hampshire

Dine-in allowed with social restrictions

Restaurants can resume indoor and outdoor services, but tables should be spaced  feet apart, among other guidelines

New Jersey

Dine-in allowed with capacity restrictions

25% capacity mandate, tables must be 6 feet apart, sanitation requirements must be adhered to

New Mexico

Dine-in allowed with capacity restrictions

25% capacity. Outdoor service can continue at full capacity if safety precautions are followed

New York

Dine-in allowed with capacity restrictions

Phase 4: restaurants can resume dine-in service at 50% capacity, except in New York City, where outdoor dining, pickup, and delivery are preferred. Restaurants can open for dine-in  at 25% capacity at the end of September

North Carolina

Dine-in allowed with capacity restrictions

75% capacity; no alcohol after 11pm

North Dakota

Dine-in allowed with capacity restrictions

75% capacity

Ohio

Dine-in allowed with social restrictions

Bars and restaurants cannot service  alcohol after 10pm; strict sanitation requirements

Oklahoma

Dine-in allowed with social restrictions

Sanitation and social distancing encouraged

Oregon

Dine-in allowed with social restrictions

Tables must be 6 feet apart, strict sanitation requirements

Pennsylvania

Dine-in allowed with capacity restrictions

25% capacity

Rhode Island

Dine-in allowed with capacity restrictions

66% capacity

South Carolina

Dine-in allowed with capacity restrictions

50% capacity, tables must be spaced at least 6 feet apart, guests cannot congregate in a bar area

South Dakota

Dine-in allowed

“Back to Normal” plan in effect; sanitation and social distancing encouraged

Tennessee

Dine-in allowed with social restrictions

Tables recommended to be 6 feet apart, limit parties to 10 people, sanitation and social distancing encouraged

Texas

Dine-in allowed with capacity restrictions

Restaurants, which were previously allowed to offer dine-in at 75% capacity must scale back to 50%

Utah

Dine-in allowed with social restrictions

Tables must be 6 feet apart; buffets may open, but staff must hand plates to patrons directly

Vermont

Dine-in allowed with capacity restrictions

50% capacity

Virgina

Dine-in allowed with capacity restrictions

50% capacity; Restaurants, breweries cannot sell alcohol after 10pm

Washington

Dependent on county

Phase 1: 25% capacity (indoor); 50% capacity (outdoor)

Phase 2: 50% capacity (indoor); full capacity (outdoor)

Phase 3: 50% capacity (indoor)

Masks required, social distancing required

West Virginia

Dine-in allowed with social restrictions

Indoor service allowed with sanitation restrictions

Wisconsin

Dine-in allowed

Patrons must wear a mask

Wyoming

Dine-in allowed with social restrictions

Indoor service allowed with sanitation restrictions

 

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