The Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Halethorpe will reopen at 3 p.m. Thursday with outdoor seating and access to the outdoor bar available.
After closing March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the brewery plans to be open Thursdays through Sundays with rules in place to ensure staff and customer safety, according to Ryan Wagner, Guinness brewery ambassador.
“We are building a brand-new hospitality model,” Wagner said. “We wanted to make sure we were [reopening] right and doing it safely.”
They will have 60 tables available outside along with additional seating on their lawn. The brewery is working on plans to start serving customers indoors again in the future.
Wagner said Guinness used state and local guidelines to create the safest environment. Guests are required to wear masks or face coverings on the property at all times when not seated at a table.
About one-third of its employees will return to work with the reopening; they must wear masks at all times and will get temperature checks. Staff members have also been grouped together for their shifts so there is a little cross-contamination among shifts.
“Anybody that opens in this climate right now needs to be prepared for [the] possibility [of a customer or employee testing positive],” Wagner said.
The brewery has been operating since late April with limited curbside options. Guinness’ net proceeds of curbside pickup were donated to the Maryland Food Bank, along with a $35,000 donation.
Wagner said he understood not everyone is ready or able to visit restaurants or breweries yet, so the curbside option will remain available. It’s the most inclusive way to continue to operate, he said.
“We want to be as transparent as possible to everybody who’s considering a visit,” he said.