Takeout and delivery remains an option in all areas, though, and links are provided in each region on how and what to order. This guide is compiled from online resources and is updated regularly, though all reopen dates and guidance are subject to change as local authorities reassess and update conditions.
Restaurants status: Outdoor dining allowed with restrictions Washington's Department of Labor and Industries (L & I) has relaxed dining regulations for certain restaurants after Railroad Pub & Pizza owner Nick Crandall argued that the restaurant's dining room, with garage-door sized roll-up windows, had just as much airflow as the outdoor sidewalk tents that have been allowed.
It was part of his struggle to stay afloat, after nine months of varying indoor dining restrictions on restaurants statewide due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, state officials told Crandall he had to stop serving sit-down customers because even though it felt like they were outside, they were still technically eating indoors, which is not allowed under Gov.
Crandall started calling local and state officials, doing television interviews, including with KING 5, and talking with anyone who would listen to get the word out about what he thought was a ridiculous regulation. The state did require Crandall to install a carbon dioxide detector before reopening to seated customers.
For others like Crandall, it's one step forward for struggling restaurants and a bit of encouragement that you can fight the system and win. The new rules for open -air dining” came after a Burlington pub owner fought the state and won.
All K-12/higher education, health care, and childcare are exempt from the new restrictions and will follow current guidance. Retail stores, including farmers markets, allowed up to 25% indoor capacity.
Table size for outdoor dining is limited to a maximum of six (6) people and two (2) households. Indoor receptions, wakes or similar gatherings remain prohibited.
Indoor recreation and fitness for low-risk sports (dance, no-contact martial arts, gymnastics, climbing) are permitted for practice and training in groups of no more than five (5) athletes. Appointment-based fitness/training is allowed for 45-minute maximum session with no more than one (1) customer/athlete per room or, for large facilities, per 500 soft.
Indoor entertainment establishments such as aquariums, theaters, arenas, concert halls, gardens, museums, bowling alleys, trampoline facilities, wardrooms and event spaces are open for private rentals/tours of individual households up to six (6) people. Outdoor entertainment establishments such as zoos, gardens, aquariums, theaters, stadiums, event spaces, arenas, concert venues and rodeos can be open for ticketed events with groups of up to ten (10) people from two (2) households.
The governor recently extended COVID-19 restrictions, including the indoor dining ban, through Monday, Jan. 11. “We need to get those product orders in,” said Josh Wade, owner of Bark, a Rescue Pub.
While waiting for updates from the state, their employees are dealing with the stress of constantly being on standby. If Governor Inslee announces that indoor dining is allowed to return, it would be a relief for places like Bark.
Jay Inslee announced that he would be extending the current restrictions on businesses and gatherings by three weeks due to Washington’s alarming spike in COVID-19 cases and rate of growth in the pandemic. Inslee said the decision to extend the restrictions was based on continuing concerns over the spread of COVID-19 after the Thanksgiving holiday, the true scope of which is still being assessed.
But the governor also pointed to increased hospitalizations and some troubling spikes in case numbers in recent days as the primary causes for concern. In conjunction with the restrictions' extension, Inslee also announced an additional $50 million in economic aid to businesses and workers most impacted by the public health measures.
“Today is the most dangerous public health day in the last 100 years of our state’s history,” Inslee said, noting that average daily COVID-19 cases across Washington have doubled in the last two weeks, and continue to rise exponentially. He and his wife Trudy discussed new concerns about the pandemic in a public address Thursday, urging all Washingtonians to cancel holiday gatherings through the end of the year.
In King County alone, there has been an average of more than 400 cases a day and hospitalizations have increased dramatically over the past week. Nine months into a pandemic, restaurants and bars in Washington have been in this spot before, but no doubt the rollbacks will have a significant impact.
Inslee addressed the economic toll COVID-19 measures have taken, and committed an additional $50 million to help businesses and workers with a combination of grants and loans, although details weren’t revealed yet. Jay Inslee on Sunday announced new restrictions on businesses and social gatherings for the next four weeks as the state continues to combat a rising number of coronavirus cases.
Starting at 11:59 p.m. Monday, a host of businesses must close their indoor services, including fitness facilities and gyms, bowling centers, movie theaters, museums, zoos and aquariums. Beginning 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, restaurants and bars will be limited to to-go service and outdoor dining with tables seating no more than five people.
At a Sunday morning news conference, Inslee warned that the state is facing a third wave of the virus that is “trending to be more dangerous than any we have seen before.” While weddings and funerals can still occur, starting Tuesday, ceremonies are limited to no more than 30 people and receptions are prohibited.
Under the new rules, only outdoor visits will be allowed at long-term care facilities and religious services will be capped at either 25% indoor occupancy or 200 people, whichever is fewer. All of Washington’s 39 counties have been paused in either the second or third phase of a four-stage reopening plan that began in early May to lift restrictions on businesses and other activities.
Wilcox said the Legislature should be involved in help for small businesses, and Senate Republican leader Mark Schooler issued a written statement calling for a special session. In recent days, Inslee and health officials had warned that new restrictions were likely in order to slow the trajectory of new cases and to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed.
On Thursday night, Inslee and his wife, Trudy, made a statewide televised plea to the public to forego gatherings and holiday travel plans. And on Friday, Inslee joined the governors of California and Oregon in issuing travel advisories urging people entering or returning to their states to self-quarantine to slow the spread of the virus.
Anthony Anton, president and CEO of the Washington Hospitality Association, warned that the restrictions put at risk the jobs of more than 100,000 employees, right before the holidays. “At every step, our industry has partnered with the governor’s office and public health agencies, and the data shows our efforts are working,” he said in a written statement Sunday, noting that less than 1% of coronavirus cases have been traced to restaurants.
WashingtonState Governor Jay Inslee announced this evening that the state just south of us is shutting down all restaurants, bars, and entertainment/recreational facilities, starting tomorrow. “Given the explosion of COVID-19 in our state and globally, I will sign a statewide emergency proclamation tomorrow to temporarily shut down restaurants, bars and entertainment and recreational facilities.
“These are very difficult decisions, but hours count here and very strong measures are necessary to slow the spread of the disease. “Tonight, after consultations with me and with the Department of Health, King County announced that they will be taking these actions immediately.
WashingtonState Governor Jay Inslee announced this evening that the state just south of us is shutting down all restaurants, bars, and entertainment/recreational facilities, starting tomorrow.