Our team has taken our years of experience and worked out steps of service to provide you and our staff with an environment that follows the best practices so that you may enjoy a relaxed event. Below we've listed some of our most frequently asked questions about how we're keeping our guests and staff safe during this time, and any other details about how events are being impacted by Covid-19.
What can my guests expect when they arrive?
Signage will be posted at all venue entrances advising guests of our current policies, guidelines, and recommendations.
Larkin's may have staff stationed at entrances taking guests' temperatures prior to being permitted inside the building. Any guests displaying a temperature of 100.4 degrees or otherwise fail a health screening will not be admitted into the event.
Do I need to provide my own hand sanitizer?
We do have hand sanitizer placed throughout each venue for every event, so you do not need to provide your own. Some clients have been offering small bottles of hand sanitizer as favors for their guests!
What is your mask policy?
All of our staff members are wearing masks. We are currently reviewing the most recent government mandate (August 3) regarding masks and will be updating our policy accordingly. Check back tomorrow for our revised guest mask policy.
Are you operating at a limited capacity in any of your spaces?
In order to ensure safe social distancing for our guests, we are operating under a recommended limited capacity for each space, based on the SCRLA guidelines for restaurants of 50% capacity. The current recommended guest count for each space is below. Keep in mind the recommended guest count may vary depending what needs space in your floorplan (photobooth, dance floor, gift table, etc). If you are anticipating more than the recommended guest count listed below, please speak with your sales manager directly.
What changes have been made in your food service and bar service procedures?
All food items are to be served by a Larkin's staff member, rather than self-served by guests. We are unable to offer passed hors d'oeuvres at this time. Buffets and stations require attendants to prepare and serve the plates, or we can offer plated service to your guests at the table. Station attendants will be added to your invoice at $100 per attendant. Most dinner events require 3 station attendants.
We are not permitting self-serve beverage stations. All beverages will be served from behind the bar. We can also offer an attended non-alcoholic beverage station with an attendant charge of $100.
Are you setting silverware and glassware at the tables?
In order to minimize contact surfaces, silverware for all events is being rolled in a dinner napkin. This rolled silverware can be set at each seat, or we can hand the roll to each guest at the end of the buffet.
We are not setting water goblets at guest tables, but we can do a focused water service from the bar at the end of cocktail hour before guests are seated for dinner.
What precautions are you taking to keep your staff & our guests safe?
We do a health screening for all staff members upon arrival to work. This screening includes but is not limited to temperature checks and a health questionnaire. Staff that passes the screening are permitted to work, and they are wearing single-use disposable gloves and masks during the event.
What social distancing requirements are you implementing?
Tables will be spaced a minimum of six feet from table edges to adjacent table edges. No more than 8 guests will be seated together.
Guests will be asked to maintain a minimum distance of six feet from other guests and Larkin's staff members. Guests will be required to keep a distance of six feet from other guests while in any line for food, beverage, bar service, restrooms, etc.
Ceremony chairs are being set in groups of four, spaced 6 feet apart from the next group of chairs.
Am I allowed to have a dance floor?
Dance floors are permitted, but dance floor space will be increased, and guests will be reminded to practice social distancing, even while on the dance floor.
Do we have to end bar service at 11 pm?
Due to a recent executive order from the SC governor, the sale and consumption of alcohol must conclude by 11 pm. The executive order can be found at this link, and this information can be found on page 6, section 1, item B.
Will any of these policies apply to my wedding taking place a month from now?
A year from now?
As we do not know what the future holds, these are our policies until further notice in an effort to keep our guests and staff safe and healthy. Please keep in mind they can change at any time without notice as new information is presented. We will do our best to update this page with new policies as they are added.
Do you have any other questions we haven't answered?
Please submit your question at this link. One of our team members will be in touch soon with more information.