Much like a Rube Goldberg machine or the hit musical Hamilton, a lot of things just happened within a very short period of time. Specifically regarding restaurants in Seattle. So we put together a neat bulleted list of everything that you need to know based on Governor Inslee’s latest announcement.
As of July 30th:
- All bars in Seattle must stop indoor seating indefinitely, regardless of whether or not they serve food. Only outdoor service is allowed.
- But what's the definition of "bar" here? According to the Washington Hospitality Association, "A bar is considered a tavern license, winery license, brewery license or distillery license." Beverage-forward restaurants that don't serve minors are not bars.
- Alcohol service will end at 10pm daily for all restaurants and bars.
- For restaurants with indoor service, people from different households cannot sit at the same table.
- But people from different households can sit at the same table if it’s outside.
- We’re still in Phase Two. But Phase Three headcounts have been adjusted - restaurant dining rooms can only be at 50% capacity (instead of 75%).