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Note: The tavern, distillery, winery and brewery information below was altered by new guidance from the Governor’s Office on July 31, 2020. Taverns, breweries, wineries and distilleries can now offer indoor service in Phases 2 and 3 if they meet certain requirements. The information regarding bars below is for archive purposes only.

On July 23, 2020, Gov. Jay Inslee announced new restrictions for the hospitality industry with the goal of curtailing the spread of coronavirus in Washington state.

These restrictions take effect July 30, 2020, unless otherwise noted.

  • All dining capacity is rolled back to 50% – including for restaurants in Phase 3 counties.
  • Only five guests are allowed per table – including for restaurants in Phase 3 counties.
  • All guests in a party must be from a single household for indoor dining. Guests from different households must be seated at separate tables. Outdoor dining does not have this restriction.
  • All sales, service and consumption of alcohol, including beer, wine and spirits must end at 10 p.m. until Phase 4.
  • Bars will close indoor service. A bar is considered a tavern license, winery license, brewery license or distillery license.  For details, click here.
  • Game areas including pool tables, video games, dart boards and other vending operations are prohibited from use.
  • Receptions for weddings and funerals, religious and secular, are not allowed in any phase, starting Aug. 10, 2020. Caterers cannot provide food for weddings or funerals.
  • Indoor family entertainment and recreational centers are now prohibited until Phase 4. This includes mini golf, bowling alleys and arcades.
  • Indoor card rooms are now prohibited until Phase 4.

Lodging members: Five people are now allowed in fitness centers in Phase 2. Fitness centers can only operate at 25% capacity in Phase 3.

The statewide mask order is now expanded to common spaces, not just public spaces, starting July 25, 2020. This means masks must be worn in hotels and motels, elevators, hallways and college residence halls.

The eviction moratorium will be extended through Oct. 15, 2020.

Additional clarifications are expected to come from the state in the coming days. As soon as we receive answers, we’ll provide them.