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[Breaking News] Restrictions lightened on dining, alcohol sales and pools

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Governor Jay Inslee announced a slew of easing of current business restrictions in light of improving viral infection rates and as a result of increased diligence from Washingtonians over proper mask usage and social distancing practices.

For restaurants, hotels and any liquor-serving establishment, the cutoff for alcohol sales has been raised from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. In an additional boon for restaurants, the requirement that only members of the same household can dine together indoors has now been eliminated — and table capacity has been increased to six in Phase 2 counties and eight in Phase 3. Hotel pools may also reopen in Phase 2.


The Washington Hospitality Association is grateful for the governor’s wisdom in relaxing these restrictions as we move forward into the winter season. This is a step in the right direction, but more work remains to be done. As we celebrate these new relaxed measures, let’s continue to practice proper mask wearing and safety standards as we continue to survive this trying time.

The official guidelines for restaurants as well as wedding venues and pools have been updated.