A new California law requires that bartenders must now wear gloves or use utensils when making drinks.
No longer are mixologists allowed to crack ice, garnish a drink or touch anything that goes directly into the glasses unless their hands are protected.
It’s not just bartenders that have to adhere to the new rules. Changes to the California Retail Food Code that went into effect at the beginning of 2014 require chefs and all other culinary workers wear disposable gloves or else use utensils such as tongs, paper or scoops when handling “ready-to-eat” foods.
Bartenders that don’t comply within the first six months to a year will only receive a warning, but following that could receive health code point deductions.