Posted: 08/20/2020 | by Joel

Dining in Lancaster, PA During COVID-19

As part of your planning during this time, please call or check the website & social media of these properties for their most current operational information.

There are lots of things to do this weekend in Lancaster, PA for your family. If you’re curious about whether or not restaurants are open, or safe to visit; we want you to know that our local attractions, restaurants, shops and lodging properties have all been working around the clock to ensure that their properties are a safe getaway for you.

Food has long been a part of what makes Lancaster so special for visitors and local alike, and the current challenges of COVID-19 have just made our properties raise their level of customer service that much more. Below, you’ll find a guide to restaurants that are open, along with some of the steps they’re taking to ensure safety and adherence to CDC guidelines. For a larger list of what's open in Lancaster, view our downloadable PDF!

At Bulls Head Public House in Lititz, they are also going all-out for a safe guest experience. They have a revised floor plan for social distancing, are utilizing plexiglass partitions, and ask both indoor & patio diners to check in at the host station. Customers are required to wear a mask while checking in, during the seating process, and while away from their table. They offer smartphone or disposable paper formats for their menu.

Smokehouse BBQ and Brews at Plain & Fancy Farm in Bird-in-Hand has certainly got their patrons’ safety top-of-mind. All staff have participated in a two-hour training session specific to COVID management. Seating is mainly limited to four people per table (a few six-person tables are available), and checks are limited to one per table. Guests must wear masks at all times except when at their table, and menus are available via disposable paper or QR code. Tables and chairs are sanitized between each use.

There are a number of changes that have been made at Shady Maple Smorgasbord in East Earl for the safety of guests and employees. Occupancy in the dining area is limited to 25% at all times, and signs & guides have been installed to help patrons maintain social distancing. Masks are required at all times except while at your table, and provided disposable gloves are to be worn when using the buffet area. Serving utensils at the buffet will be changed every 30 minutes, and high-traffic areas throughout the dining area will be cleaned on the same basis. Tables and chairs are sanitized between each use.

In Lancaster City, Citronnelle is following the necessary protocols to keep their guests and employees safe. Masks must be worn upon entering and throughout the restaurant, and can be removed while at your table. Social distancing is practiced through the spacing of tables and the movement of patrons while on property. Menus are available via a scannable QR code, and payments is via credit/debit card only.

However you decide to enjoy some Lancaster County fare, these and any of our other dining establishments will ensure you have a delicious, fun, and safe experience.



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