COVID-19 - Takeout & Delivery

LAST UPDATED: July 28, 2020

Are you offering Takeout and/or delivery?

Let RIHA know

RIHA is partnering with the Providence Warwick Conventions and Visitors Bureau, Discover Newport and other marketing organizations to create a guide for the public on which restaurants are offering takeout and delivery.

If you would like to be added to this list, please email Rebekka Hammond at Rebekka@rihospitality.org.

WHAT ARE THE RULES ON TAKEOUT?

  • See guidelines for Takeout and Delivery (Updated April 14, 2020): Click here.
  • See the RIHA guidelines on face masks approved by the Department of Health here (Updated April 14, 2020): Click here.
  • Do not allow customers to dine on premise. Remove chairs and tables if necessary.
  • If possible, orders should be placed via phone or email, with payment being taken via credit card. Please note that the State of Rhode Island requires establishments to take cash if requested by the customer.
  • If an employee is sick or showing symptoms, they must be sent home immediately
  • Follow the requirements of the RI Food Code, including hand washing.

RIHA has been working with the RI Department of Health to develop guidelines for restaurants selling bulk grocery items. These guidelines were released.

The RI Hospitality Association (RIHA), in collaboration with Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, announced that Rhode Island restaurants that are currently serving take-out meals are now allowed to sell alcohol to their customers.

This only applies to restaurant pick-up orders and is not available for delivery service from individual restaurants or through third-party delivery services.

The order has several stipulations that restaurants must adhere to including:

  • Limited to up to 144oz of beer, up to two bottles of wine and 72 oz of a cocktail with no more than 9oz of distilled alcohol
  • The alcohol was must in the original factory sealed container or in a sealed container.
  • Customer must display identification upon pickup
  • Only eligible for takeout. Not available for delivery from individual restaurants or third-party delivery services

No. Last year, Rhode Island passed a law requiring restaurants to accept cash.

Catering companies can still deliver food to customers, however, they can only drop the food off and leave. They cannot stay and serve the food.

The delivery of beer, wine, spirits and pre-mixed cocktails by a Class P (Caterer) liquor licensee is prohibited. This is a violation of Rhode Island General Law 3-7-14.2 and DBR Regulation 1.4.42. The Class P liquor license is for alcohol service at catered events only.

Businesses should take steps to minimize their contact with customers. Consider taking the following steps

  • Ask that customers order and pay online. You cannot refuse to accept cash, but you can encourage that people pay via credit card.
  • Offer drop-off delivery services - leave the food on the front steps or door step and call to tell the customer that the food has been delivered.
  • Tell customers that you will not bring food into apartment buildings - customers should meet the driver at the car.
RI Department of Health

Rhode Island Department of Health