40 restaurants were approved to eat 40% indoors

Since then, Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) by virtue of its ability to audit restaurants to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines in accordance with current COVID-19 National Emergency Measures has approved 40 restaurants to reopen 40% capacity for dining indoors. Georgetown, as the most populated area with most restaurants, understandably, was prioritized. The following is a complete list of restaurants that have since been approved:

January 16-17, 2021

● Aspire + Hotel

● Beacon Cafe and Eating

● Brown Cafe, Pegasus

● Bellvana Cafe

● Caribbean Inn Restaurant, Grand Coastal Inn

● Church Chicken, Republic Avenue

● Giftland Mall Food Court

● Nice Restaurant, Status International Hotel

● OMG Restaurant

● Playland Americano Italiano

● Popeye’s Chicken and Seafood, Camp Street

● Popeye’s Chicken and Seafood, Water Street

● Popeye’s Chicken and Seafood, Vlissengen Road

● Qik Serv, Main Street

● Sucre Restaurant, Herdmanston Lodge

● Terra Mare Restaurant, Guyana Marriott Hotel

● Lime Restaurant and Lounge, Park Vue Hotel

● Royal Restaurant, Princess Georgetown Ramada Hotel

● Backyard Café

● Bistro Cafe & Bar, King’s Hotel & Residences

● Creme Select Ice Cream Lounge

● Demico Qik Serv, Camp Street

● Demico Qik Serv, Croal Street

● Hard Rock Café

● Hilton Restaurant

● Idaho, Dembro Stabroek house

● Jaxx International Grill

● Church Chicken, Camp and Middle Street

● Regency Suites Hotel

● Duke’s Restaurant, Duke Lodge

● The Original Palm Court

January 18 – 26, 2021

● Chicken, Camp and Robb Street

● Church Chicken, Hinck Street

● Hibiscus Restaurant and Lounge

● Bed and Breakfast Restaurant

● Church Chicken, Parika

● Royal Castle, Sheriff Street

● Royal Castle, Regent Street

● Starbuds Restaurant

● The Coffee Beans

Customers are encouraged to participate in indoor dining only at those GTA-approved restaurants. Approved restaurants are marked with official signage provided by the GTA indicating that they have safely reopened for indoor dining and maximum dining capacity. Restaurants that fail to adhere to the stated measures as outlined by the Guyana Tourism Authority and the Gazetted National security measures will be subject to immediate closure for a period of one month. Subsequent unannounced inspections will be carried out as part of the monitoring systems set up by FRS.

The GTA, through its inspection activities, has noted that a significant number of restaurant establishments have also decided not to offer indoor dining, simply because of the required safety and sharing protocols that their businesses are performing well with outdoor dining, paving and distribution services. In such cases, Restaurants will be asked to put up public signs to advise customers of their decision.

Tourism Businesses and Restaurants are required to follow a 2 stage process to secure conditional approval for the safe reopening of their business. The 2-step process involves:

● Submit business written Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to FRS for desk review.

● An audit of on-site businesses to verify the operation of the SOPs and conditional approval by the FRS.

Businesses that already have their own in-house SOP template are required to submit these which must clearly outline the specific hygiene and hygiene protocols in place. An official GTA template will be available for those who need additional guidance when completing the same.

In addition, the GTA is happy to announce that Evergreen Adventures has been inspected and given its conditional approval, which is attached to the National COVID-19 measures and GTA’s recommended Hygiene and Cleanliness Protocols and can now begin to welcome travelers to their offices and carry them on trips. This brings the total to sixteen (16) tourism businesses that have received conditional approval for reopening and have been designated as Safe for Travel since December 1, 2020.

Restaurants and Tourism Accommodation Organizations (Hotels) are encouraged to submit their Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to Micheala Lindore (+ 592-696-8959 or +592 219 0055), Tourism Business Support Officer at the GTA at [email protected] and copied Carla James, Director of the FRS at [email protected] This will form the basis of the desk review and on-site audit.