Seattle restaurants can now reopen with limited indoor & outdoor capacity!
If the last few months have you missing venturing out to your favourite restaurants, we’ve got some very good news for you. On Friday, King County was officially given the go-ahead to reopen (with limited capacity) restaurants, bars, breweries, and wineries that serve food. Woohoo!
Now, we’re excited, but there are still going to be a ton of changes that you’ll see. Firstly, dine-in services inside the restaurants will only be allowed to operate at 25% capacity. Outdoor seating can operate at 50% capacity, so we may see some expanded patio areas in the near future.
According to Governor Inslee, this is sort of like “phase 1.5” of Washington’s reopening plan. So, we’re not exactly entering phase 2 just yet, but we’re slowly but surely seeing some progress.
What else can you expect at restaurants? Well, all of the locations that begin reopening will have to strictly adhere to safety guidelines that have been laid out by the state. These include, but are not limited to, increased sanitization, a right to refuse service to customers not wearing masks, and employees being required to wear masks.
So, it’s a start! And while it’s fine to be cautiously optimistic, we encourage you to control your own safety as much as possible. Stay safe, Seattle!