Guidelines for Pulaski County, Missouri Food Establishments

Updated April 30, 2020

Guidelines for Food Establishments

Missouri will reopen economic and social activity on May 4th under Governor Mike Parson’s “Show Me Strong Recovery” plan. On April 30, 2020, Pulaski County Commissioners rescinded their Stay-At-Home order and adopted Governor Parson’s order.

Under Phase I of Show-Me-Strong Recovery Plan restaurants and bars may offer dine-in services, provided that the limitations on social distancing and other precautionary public health measures are in place to protect employees and patrons. The following guidance is recommended for food establishments:


  • Encourage reservations and call ahead orders to reduce time in facility.
  • Tables and seating shall be spaced out according to social distance requirements. Proper distancing for customers (i.e. every other table occupied, 6 ft. spacing markings on floor at registers). Outdoor dining areas such as patios may be used as long as the 6 ft. physical distancing can be maintained.
  • Limiting parties to no more than ten people per table.
  • In waiting areas, a 6-foot distance must be maintained between parties, whether indoor or outdoor.
  • Limit or remove use of reused customer items (menus, condiment containers on table, etc.). Disposable menus or single use items preferred.
  • Recommend sanitizing each dining are between guests.
  • To prevent reuse of utensils by the public, designate staff to serve at buffet or salad bars.
  • Cups, lids, napkins, utensils and straws should be handed directly to customers by staff and not be made available for guest self-service.
  • Post signs at the entrance stating no one is allowed in the restaurant that is sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • Employee use of personal protective equipment, if available.
  • Recommend wearing masks for staff interacting with customers and for kitchen staff if unable to maintain physical distancing due to the workspace constraints.
  • Encourage use of carry-out, curbside, or delivery dining options.
  • Encourage contactless and non-signature payment, when not possible card and payment stations must be sanitized after each use.
  • Establishments can post guidance posters to better inform patrons of protective measures.
  • Recommend screening of employees’ temperature and for symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, and close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19).
  • Establishments need to have sufficient personal hygiene supplies and handwashing facilities available for employees at all times.
  • Increased cleaning/disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces (tables, restrooms, doors, armrests, chair seats and backs, phones, etc.) in accordance with CDC recommendations.

Social Distancing

Missourians shall abide by the 6ft distancing rule from other individuals. This does not apply to family members or individuals performing job duties that require contact with other people to perform their work duties. Enhanced precautions should be taken when work duties require contact with people less than 6ft apart.

Effective Dates

The Order is in place beginning May 4, 2020 through Sunday, May 31, 2020. The Order will be re-evaluated before it expires, and may be further restricted, less restricted, or extended in the current form.

Businesses and employees should work together to implement public health and safety measures for employees and customers, using the above direction as a guide, in addition to any guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.)

Pulaski County Health Center

The information above was provided by Pulaski County Health Center. It is published by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau as a resource for Pulaski County residents and business owners and for those traveling to or visiting Pulaski County, Missouri. Further dining information can be found here:

For questions contact Pulaski County Health Center at 573-736-2217 or via email at