Re-Opening Agreement

GWA businesses agree to the following to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and help all businesses re-open and stay open in Austin.

  1. Reservation sites and websites will include notices that diners cannot enter the restaurant if they are exhibiting any symptoms of Covid-19. We will deny service to guests who do not follow our clearly stated guidelines
  2. Employees will be counseled on appropriate behavior at and away from work by a medical professional to make sure that they are not putting our community at risk.
  3. Staff temperatures must be taken daily. Anyone with a 99.6º or higher temperature will be sent home.
  4. Staff who have experienced COVID-19 symptoms will be sent home and must fulfill one of the following options: 1) receive a note from a doctor allowing them to return to work; 2) receive a negative result from a COVID-19 test; 3) complete a 14 day self-quarantine.
  5. If an employee tests positive for Covid-19, we will thoroughly sanitize our business and require staff who worked with the infected employee anytime in the last 14 days to be tested or quarantined for two weeks.
  6. We will include an Employee Wellness Charge to provide our employees with access to health care and paid sick leave.
  7. All dine-in guests will provide their names. All dine-in guests and employees will complete a Health Declaration
  8. All staff must wear masks while in the restaurant. Guests must wear masks except when they have food or beverage in front of them.
  9. Hand washing will be enforced every 30 minutes for all staff.
  10. Staff will have no intentional physical contact and will constantly be aware of the necessity of social distancing.
  11. We will dedicate certain employees to service guests and/or divide spaces and redefine roles to further separate employees and guests.
  12. Menus will be on display, online, or be sanitized after each use. Single-use menus will be available by request.
  13. Hand Sanitation stations will be placed at the entrance & exit of the restaurant and outside the restrooms.
  14. We are committed to ensuring proper ventilation of our indoor spaces by cleaning & changing filters more frequently and/or increasing fresh airflow. 
  15. Adopt all elements of the original Open Texas Minimum Standard Health Protocols for facility, employees, and guests.

Over the course of the last several weeks, GWA has endeavored to come up with comprehensive reopening protocols that are clear and actionable. More vigilant than those suggested by the State, these measures have been assembled for their ability to provide the most peace of mind and protection possible for our staff, guests, and community. 

All restaurants wishing to partner with GWA are asked to fully adopt these 15 protocols. Through the repeated implementation of all of these protocols across many restaurants, GWA will help guests observe them and understand their role in keeping our businesses open and our community healthy.

Thank You

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