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This document has been prepared by The Weil Law Group, PA for use in the Bar Industry to promote safe protocol during reopening. The bar industry has an obligation to its patrons, staff, and community to maintain a safe environment. This guide will provide safety guidance and templates to be used in implementing those safety procedures. In preparing this guidance, the following materials were considered:


Minnesota’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan template and instructions.



Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) Guidance










This information was also influenced based on our discussions with various vendors for entertainment equipment, bar industry experts, and others.


By following the steps laid out in this document your Bar or Venue will be able to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19





  1. policies and procedures that assist in the identification of sick workers and ensure sick workers stay home;
  2. implementation of engineering and administrative protocols for social distancing; worker hygiene and source controls;
  3. workplace building and ventilation protocols;
  4. workplace cleaning and disinfecting protocols;
  5. drop-off, pick-up and delivery protections and protocols; and
  6. communications and training practices and protocols.
  7. protections and protocols for customers, clients, guests and visitors;
  8. protections and protocols for personal protective equipment (PPE);
  9. protections and protocol for access and assignment;
  10. protections and protocol for sanitation and hygiene;
  11. protections and protocols for work clothes and handwashing;
  12. protections and protocol for distancing and barriers;
  13. protections and protocols for managing occupancy;
  14. protocols to limit face-to-face interaction;
  15. protections for receiving or exchanging payment; and
  16. protections and protocols for the Bar Industry



Name of Business:






Contact Information:


Owner/Manager of Business:




  1. Physical Distancing. To ensure employees comply with physical distancing requirements, you agree that you will do the following:

Ensure 6 ft. distance between personnel, unless safety or core function of the work activity requires a shorter distance. Any time personnel are less than 6 ft. apart from one another, personnel must wear acceptable face coverings.

Tightly confined spaces will be occupied by only one individual at a time, unless all occupants are wearing face coverings. If occupied by more than one person, will keep occupancy under 50% of maximum capacity.

Post social distancing markers using tape or signs that denote 6 ft. of spacing in commonly used  and other applicable areas on the site (e.g. clock in/out stations, health screening stations)

Limit in-person gatherings as much as possible and use tele- or video-conferencing whenever possible. Essential in-person gatherings (e.g. meetings) should be held in open, well-ventilated spaces with appropriate social distancing among participants.

Establish designated areas for pick-ups and deliveries, limiting contact to the extent possible.

List common situations that may not allow for 6 ft. of distance between individuals. What measures will you implement to ensure the safety of your employees in such situations?


How you will manage engagement with customers and visitors on these requirements (as applicable)?


How you will manage industry-specific physical social distancing (e.g., shift changes, lunch breaks)  (as applicable)?



  1. Protective Equipment. To ensure employees comply with protective equipment requirements, you agree that you will do the following:

Employers must provide employees with an acceptable face covering at no-cost to the employee and have an adequate supply of coverings in case of replacement.

What quantity of face coverings – and any other PPE – will you need to procure to ensure that  you always have a sufficient supply on hand for employees and visitors? How will you procure these supplies?



Face coverings must be cleaned or replaced after use or when damaged or soiled, may not be shared, and should be properly stored or discarded.

What policy will you implement to ensure that PPE is appropriately cleaned, stored, and/or discarded?


Limit the sharing of objects and discourage touching of shared surfaces; or, when in contact with shared objects or frequently touched areas, wear gloves (trade-appropriate or medical); or, sanitize or wash hands before and after contact.

List common objects that are likely to be shared between employees. What measures will you implement to ensure the safety of your employees when using these objects?


  1. Hygiene and Cleaning. To ensure employees comply with hygiene and cleaning requirements, you agree that you will do the following:

Adhere to hygiene and sanitation requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health (DOH) and maintain cleaning logs on site that document date, time, and scope of cleaning.

Who will be responsible for maintaining a cleaning log? Where will the log be kept?



Provide and maintain hand hygiene stations for personnel, including handwashing with soap, water, and paper towels, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing 60% or more alcohol for areas where handwashing is not feasible.

Where on the work location will you provide employees with access to the appropriate hand hygiene and/or sanitizing products and how will you promote good hand hygiene?


Conduct regular cleaning and disinfection at least after every shift, daily, or more frequently as needed, and frequent cleaning and disinfection of shared objects (e.g. tools, machinery) and surfaces, as well as high transit areas, such as restrooms and common areas, must be completed.

What policies will you implement to ensure regular cleaning and disinfection of your worksite and any shared objects or materials, using products identified as effective against COVID-19?



  1. Communication. To ensure the business and its employees comply with communication requirements, you agree that you will do the following:

Post signage throughout the site to remind personnel to adhere to proper hygiene, social distancing rules, appropriate use of PPE, and cleaning and disinfecting protocols.

Establish a communication plan for employees, visitors, and customers with a consistent means to provide updated information.

Maintain a continuous log of every person, including workers and visitors, who may have close contact with other individuals at the work site or area; excluding deliveries that are performed with appropriate PPE or through contactless means; excluding customers, who may be encouraged to provide contact information to be logged but are not mandated to do so.

Which employee(s) will be in charge of maintaining a log of each person that enters the site (excluding customers and deliveries that are performed with appropriate PPE or through contactless means), and where will the log be kept?


If a worker tests positive for COVID-19, employer must immediately notify state and local health departments and cooperate with contact tracing efforts, including notification of potential contacts, such as workers or visitors who had close contact with the individual, while maintaining confidentiality required by state and federal law and regulations.

If a worker tests positive for COVID-19, which employee(s) will be responsible for notifying state and local health departments?



  1. To ensure the business and its employees comply with protective equipment requirements,you agree that you will do the following:

Implement mandatory health screening assessment (e.g. questionnaire, temperature check) before employees begin work each day and for essential visitors, asking about (1) COVID-19 symptoms in past 14 days, (2) positive COVID-19 test in past 14 days, and/or (3) close contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in past 14 days. Assessment responses must be reviewed every day and such review must be documented.

What type(s) of daily health and screening practices will you implement? Will the screening be done before employee gets to work or on site? Who will be responsible for performing them, and how will those individuals be trained?



If screening onsite, how much PPE will be required for the responsible parties carrying out the screening practices? How will you supply this PPE?



  1. Contact tracing and disinfection of contaminated areas. To ensure the business and its employeescomply with contact tracing and disinfection requirements, you agree that you will do the following:

Have a plan for cleaning, disinfection, and contact tracing in the event of a positive case.

In the case of an employee testing positive for COVID-19, how will you clean the applicable contaminated areas? What products identified as effective against COVID-19 will you need and how will you acquire them?



In the case of an employee testing positive for COVID-19, how will you trace close contacts in the workplace? How will you inform close contacts that they may have been exposed to COVID-19?



Please use this space to provide additional details about your business’s Safety Plan, including anything to address specific industry guidance.




To ensure that you stay up to date on the guidance that is being issued by the State, you will:



















The following safety plan has been certified for _________________________[Company name] by the “Safety Plan Administrator” and has been reviewed by the management of the company. The plan shall be implemented immediately and shall be reviewed monthly to determine areas which may need updates.

A copy of this plan, all employee signed copies, reports, materials and other items related to this plan are being kept in the following location:



________________________________              _______


Name: _________________________


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OWNER                                                            DATE

Name: _________________________




__________________      __________________

__________________      __________________

Preparedness Plan Explanatory Letter


______________________________[Company name] is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our workers customers, clients, patrons, guests and visitors, and the community we serve. To ensure we have a safe and healthy workplace, ______________________________  [Company name] has developed the following COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Managers and workers are all responsible for implementing this plan. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our workplaces and communities, and that requires full cooperation among our workers and management. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of all persons in our workplaces.

The COVID-19 Preparedness Plan is administered by _____________________________ , the “designated plan administrator”, who maintains the overall authority and responsibility for the plan. The following Safety Plan managers have been given training and are responsible for ensuring compliance in their particular work area, and report directly to the Plan Administrator listed above:

*_______________________ [Name] – _______________________ [Area]

*_______________________ [Name] – _______________________ [Area]

*_______________________ [Name] – _______________________ [Area]

However, management and workers are equally responsible for supporting, implementing, complying with and providing recommendations to further improve all aspects of this COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. ______________________________[Company name]’s managers and supervisors have our full support in enforcing the provisions of this plan.

Our workers are our most important assets. ______________________________[Company name] is serious about safety and health and protecting its workers. Worker involvement is essential in developing and implementing a successful COVID-19

Preparedness Plan. We have involved our workers in this process by:

______________________________[Company name]’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan follows the industry guidance developed by the state of Minnesota, which is based upon Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and relevant other resources and current executive orders and community guidelines. It addresses:

______________________________[Company name] has reviewed and incorporated the industry guidance applicable to our venue including the following industry guidance for “Restaurants and bars,”. Other conditions and circumstances included in the industry guidance and addressed in the plan that are specific to our business include:

Ensure sick workers stay home and prompt identification and isolation of sick persons

Workers have been informed of and encouraged to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. The following policies and procedures are being implemented to assess workers’ health status prior to entering the workplace and for workers to report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms. Any employee displaying symptoms will be immediately sent home for testing and may not return to work until a negative test result is presented. Any employee who feels they may need to get tested may not return to work while any test is pending results.


______________________________[Company name] has implemented leave policies that promote workers staying at home when they are sick, when household members are sick, or when required by a health care provider to isolate or quarantine themselves or a member of their household. Workers will not be penalized for absence due to compliance with these policies. We have also created a “tip out pool” for workers who must miss time for these reasons. A total of 10% of tips received during each night of operations shall be distributed among those employees who are absent because of the COVID-19 Policies.

Accommodations for workers with underlying medical conditions or who have household members with underlying health conditions have been implemented. Those persons may choose to take leave without penalty. Any worker absent for this purpose shall be allowed to return to work at their option and be added to the regular schedule. 1% The “tip out pool” will be used towards assistance to those who have such underlying conditions. Condition must be reported to the Plan Administrator before the absence, or as soon as reasonable.

______________________________[Company name] has also implemented a policy for informing workers if they have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 at their workplace and requiring them to quarantine for the required amount of time.

In addition, a policy has been implemented to protect the privacy of workers’ health status and health information. Only the Plan Administrator shall be allowed access to the names and health information shared, all such information shall be destroyed as soon as is reasonable, and in accordance with the businesses needs for such information to protect from any potential liability.



Social Distancing – Workers Must Be At Least Six-Feet Apart

Social distancing of at least six feet will be implemented and maintained between workers and customers, clients, patrons, guests and visitors at all possible and reasonable times in the workplace through the following engineering and administrative controls:

For your venue describe how occupancy requirements, numbers of people, flow and interactions will be implemented to ensure social distancing. Describe how signage, markings and instructions are being used to address social distancing. Describe physical workplace changes, such as increased distance between workstations, worker spacing on production lines, check-in and checkout stations. Describe how aisles, display cases, tables, clothing racks, counters, check-in and checkout stations, etc. will be arranged and how the flow will be directed to allow for social distancing between workers [and customers, clients, patrons, guests and visitors]. If spacing cannot be increased or social distancing consistently maintained, describe how barriers, screens, shields, curtains and partitions will be used. Describe how persons in the workplace will be prevented from gathering in groups in common areas and “bottlenecks,” including corridors, meeting rooms, stairways, break rooms, entrances, exits and elevators. Describe how personal protective equipment, phones, pens, computer equipment, desks, cubicles, workstations, offices or other personal work tools and equipment will not be shared and, if used by more than one person, will be cleaned and disinfected between users. Describe how car-pooling, ride-sharing or sharing of vehicles will be addressed to limit duration of exposure to other persons and practice social distancing. Describe communications plans to address questions and concerns. Describe how you will provide recommended or required protective supplies, such as masks, nonmedical cloth face coverings, gloves, disinfectant and face shields for workers, and instruction about when and how they should be worn or used.






Safety Plan Administrator


Employee Signature



Worker hygiene and source controls

Basic infection prevention measures are being implemented at our workplaces at all times. Workers are instructed to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water frequently throughout the day, but especially at the beginning and end of their shift, prior to any mealtimes and after using the restroom. All customers, clients, patrons, guests and visitors to the workplace are required to wash or sanitize their hands prior to or immediately upon entering the facility. Hand-sanitizer dispensers (that use sanitizers of greater than 60% alcohol) are at entrances and locations in the workplace so they can be used for hand hygiene in place of soap and water, as long as hands are not visibly soiled.

Source controls are being implemented at our workplaces at all times. Written waivers shall be signed providing information upon entry regarding likely exposure to the virus and symptoms. Temperatures shall also be taken upon entry of all patrons, and staff shall have temperature read on start and end of shift. Any information pointing to infection shall result in denial of entry. The person may not return until showing a negative test result.

Workers customers, clients, patrons, guests and visitors are being instructed to cover their mouth and nose with their sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and to avoid touching their face, particularly their mouth, nose and eyes, with their hands. Workers and customers, clients, patrons, guests and visitors are expected to dispose of tissues in provided trash receptacles and wash or sanitize their hands immediately afterward. Respiratory etiquette will be demonstrated on posters and supported by making tissues and trash receptacles available to all workers and other persons entering the workplace.

The business shall communicate this information verbally upon entry to all persons, in addition to regular staff meetings to reinforce procedures. Signage shall be posted in conspicuous areas, restrooms, and at entry displaying such information. To provide patron privacy, first communication of violation of policy shall be done by providing a private note as to the violation, using pre-printed cards and requesting compliance. Additional violations shall subject person to removal.



Safety Plan Administrator


Employee Signature



Workplace building and ventilation protocol

Operation of the building in which the workplace is located, includes necessary sanitation, assessment and maintenance of building systems, including water, plumbing, electrical, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Ventilation filters shall be regularly changed and run at all times the building is occupied. The maximum amount of fresh air is being brought into the workplace, air recirculation is being limited, and ventilation systems are being properly used and maintained. Steps are also being taken to minimize air flow blowing across people. As much activity as may be practicable shall be done in outside areas.

Please describe circumstances unique to your property below:






Safety Plan Administrator


Employee Signature



Workplace cleaning and disinfection protocol

Regular practices of cleaning and disinfecting have been implemented, including a schedule for routine cleaning and disinfecting of work surfaces, equipment, tools and machinery, vehicles and areas in the work environment, including restrooms, break rooms, lunch rooms, meeting rooms, checkout stations, fitting rooms, and drop-off and pick-up locations. Frequent cleaning and disinfecting is being conducted of high-touch areas, including phones, keyboards, touch screens, controls, door handles, elevator panels, railings, copy machines, credit card readers, delivery equipment, etc.

The following guidance shall be used for cleaning:

Appropriate and effective cleaning and disinfecting supplies have been purchased and are available for use in accordance with product labels, safety data sheets and manufacturer specifications, and are being used with required personal protective equipment for the product.   

Address specific information to your business:






Safety Plan Administrator


Employee Signature

Drop-Off, Pick-Up And Delivery Practices And Protocol


Masks shall be worn during all drop off and delivery interactions.

All service shall be done with one party at a time, returning to get separate party items with each interaction to limit cross exposure.

Address specific information to your business:






Safety Plan Administrator


Employee Signature




Alcohol Service Protocol


All employees responsible for service should remember the following:

  1. You may not consume alcohol while on duty.
  2. You may not serve alcohol to a overly intoxicated or unruly patron.
  3. Alcohol is not allowed to be shared among patrons.
  4. All beverages should be served in fresh glassware each time.
  5. You should wash hands before beginning any serving and in between any non-serving tasks.

Please list below particular steps you shall be taking:






Safety Plan Administrator


Employee Signature


Masking Protocol


Masks shall be worn upon entry into the venue, while in transit in any area (walking around), when interacting with other guests.

Masks may be removed while seated or standing to consume products. Masks should be worn when removal is not needed.

Those requesting an exception from masking rules to comply with ADA or other applicable laws, will be asked to complete a declaration of need for exemption, which shall ask them to sign a statement as follows:

“I Declare that I have a valid reason and qualify for an exemption to masking requirements under applicable state or federal laws.”

Those without masks will be provided a mask or denied entry if none are available.

Staff must always wear masks unless otherwise indicated in this policy.

Masks should cover both the nose and mouth to be considered worn for the purposes of this policy. They should also be made of an approved material or made from fabric free of visible gaps or holes.


Address specific information to your business:






Safety Plan Administrator


Employee Signature



Communications and training practices and protocol

This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan was communicated prior to all workers returning to work via a virtual meeting on ___________________, which was recorded for later review by those unable to attend, and necessary training was provided. During the first shift returning to work a copy of this plan was provided for review, and all information was agreed to and understood, as indicated by signatures. Additional communication and training will be ongoing by a opening and closing shift meeting, in addition to regular virtual calls and meetings to review procedures. Safety Managers and Team shall review information regularly and note minor violations to ensure they do not become systematic. Training will be provided to all workers who did not receive the initial training and prior to initial assignment or reassignment.

Instructions will be communicated to all workers, including employees, temporary workers, staffing and laborpools, independent contractors, subcontractors, vendors and outside technicians and customers, clients, patrons, guests and visitors about protections and protocols, including:  1) social distancing protocols and practices;

2) drop-off, pick-up, delivery and general in-store shopping;

3) practices for hygiene and respiratory etiquette;

4) recommendations or requirements regarding the use of masks, face-coverings and/or face-shields by workers and customers, clients, patrons, guests and visitors.

All workers and customers, clients, patrons, guests and visitors will also be advised not to enter the workplace if they are experiencing symptoms or have contracted COVID-19.

Address specific information to your business:


Managers and supervisors are expected to monitor how effective the program has been implemented. At the close of each day a report shall be prepared by a member of the safety team for the areas in which includes issues which occurred, any exposure events likely to have occurred, and ways to improve protocol. The management team shall review this information each week to implement any improvements. All management and workers are to take an active role and collaborate in carrying out the various aspects of this plan, and update the protections, protocols, work-practices and training as necessary. This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan has been certified by __________________________[Company name] management and the plan was posted throughout the workplace and made readily available to employees. Each employee has signed a copy of this plan in person or electronically, and it has been retained by management. It will be updated as necessary by the designated plan administrator.

Address specific information to your business:






Safety Plan Administrator


Employee Signature




Safety Resources


Centers for Disease Controal and Prevention (CDC):  Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Minnesota Department of Health (MDH):  Coronavirus



Resources for businesses and employers


CDC:  General business frequently asked questions


CDC:  Building/business ventilation


MDH: Businesses and employers:  COVID-19


MDH:  Health screening checklist


MDH:  Materials for businesses and employers


Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED): COVID-19 information and resources


Federal OSHA




Handwashing video translated into multiple languages


Respiratory etiquette:  Cover your cough or sneeze

CDC:  www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

CDC:  www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/etiquette/coughing_sneezing.html


Social distancing



CDC:  www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html  

CDC:  www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/disinfecting-your-home.html

CDC:  www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):  www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-againstsars-cov-2


Employees exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19

CDC:  www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

MDH:  www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/basics.html

MDH:  www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/facilityhlthscreen.pdf

MDH:  www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/returntowork.pdf

State of Minnesota:  https://mn.gov/covid19/for-minnesotans/if-sick/get-tested/index.jsp



CDC:  www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-small-business.html

Federal OSHA:  www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf


Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidance

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Registered Disinfectants of COVID-19

DOH Interim Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of Public and Private Facilities for COVID-19

CDC Cleaning and Disinfecting Facilities






















The CDC’s Sample Letter to Staff for Restaurants and Bars


Dear Staff,


First and foremost, we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. We have received some questions from staff and members of the community about if and how COVID-19 will change how we operate our business. After careful thought and planning, we are excited to let you know that we plan to reopen our business while following CDC considerations to protect staff and customers.


The health and safety of our staff and customers remain our highest priority. Below you will find a summary of actions we are taking to help ensure we are lowering the risk for spreading COVID-19 as much as possible. In addition to our existing standards for health and sanitation, we are:

In the event someone gets sick, we have plans in place to isolate and transport the person to their home or healthcare facility and will work with local health officials. Please monitor yourselves for symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, nausea or shortness of breath. Call your doctor if you think you are sick. If you have any specific questions about our plan or COVID-19, please contact [designated staff member] for more information. You can also find more information about COVID-19 at www.cdc.gov.


Thank you and stay healthy,

[Owner/Manager name]





The CDC’s Considerations for Restaurants and Bars

Updated July 17, 2020

As restaurants and bars resume operations in some areas of the United States, CDC offers the following considerations for ways in which operators can protect employees, customers, and communities and slow the spread of COVID-19. Restaurants and bars can determine, in collaboration with state and local health officials, whether and how to implement these considerations, making adjustments to meet the needs and circumstances of the local community. Implementation should be guided by what is feasible, practical, acceptable, and tailored to the needs of each community. These considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which businesses must comply.

Guiding Principles to Keep in Mind

The more an individual interacts with others, and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. The risk of COVID-19 spread increases in a restaurant or bar setting as follows:

COVID-19 is mostly spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze. It is thought that the virus may spread to hands from a contaminated surface and then to the nose or mouth, causing infection. Therefore, personal prevention practices (such as handwashingstaying home when sick) and environmental cleaning and disinfection are important principles that are covered in this document. Fortunately, there are a number of actions operators of restaurants and bars can take to help lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure and spread.

Promoting Behaviors that Reduce Spread

Restaurants and bars may consider implementing several strategies to encourage behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19 among employees and customers.

Maintaining Healthy Environments

Restaurants and bars may consider several implementing strategies to maintain healthy environments.

Maintaining Healthy Operations

Restaurants and bars may consider implementing several strategies to maintain healthy operations.

Preparing for Sick Employees

Restaurants and bars may consider implementing several strategies to prepare for when someone gets sick.

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