Back to the Buffet

Back to the Buffet

By Zach Hester, Reporter • zach@southerntorch.com

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — At a press conference last week, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R-Ala.) announced an update to her "safer-at-home" order, which is extended, along with the State of Alabama's mask mandate, through October 2. The order also takes the leash off a kind of business that has suffered since the novel coronavirus began: buffets. 

For the first time since March, Alabama buffets are free to revert back to self-service in their restaurants, as opposed to the mandated cafeteria-style dining. 

The order states, "such establishments operating buffets, salad bars, and self-serve drink stations shall (i) ensure that at least one employee's duties include maintaining six feet of distance among customers using the buffet, salad bar, or self-serve drink station and (ii) provide hand sanitizer and encourage customers to apply it before using the buffet, salad bar, or self-serve drink station." 

The order still recommends minimizing travel outside the home, wearing a face mask or covering, and frequently washing your hands.

According to a new released by the Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Association (ARHA), the order does not apply to hospital food services or to educational institutions, both of which incorporate alternative methods to social distancing.

To read the full order signed by Gov. Ivey, please visit the Alabama Department of Public Health's website.

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