Gov. Newsom has been steadily modifying the stay-at-home order to allow counties to reopen parts of the economy. With tasting rooms and breweries expected to reopen soon, the Wine Institute has been preparing its members.
In an update on Friday, the institute said it is working with the administration on the reopening policy and has been informed “an announcement is likely to come soon.” The Department of Public Health guidance for wineries “will largely reflect” the dine-in restaurant guidance, which requires either six feet of spacing or partitions installed. Wineries may need to check patrons’ temperatures at the door as well.
Currently, wineries are only allowed to open tasting rooms if they offer dine-in meal service. On top of that, alcohol can only be sold with meals.