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March 15, 2020

Gov. Jay Inslee March 15 announced a temporary closure of all bars, restaurants, entertainment and recreation facilities in Washington state. All gatherings of 50 or more will be prohibited.
• Grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open.
• Retail outlets may remain open with reduced occupancy.
• Restaurants may continue take-out, drive-through and delivery services.

Public Health – Seattle and King County has also ordered the closure of restaurants, bars, clubs, dance halls, theaters, health and fitness clubs, and other similar indoor social or recreational venues until March 31, 2020.
• Restaurants will be able to offer pick-up, delivery and drive-through food and beverage service.

To read the King County release, click here.

For details of the governor’s announcement, click here.

A note for our members

The temporary closures of all restaurants will have long-lasting impacts for many of our members – we assure you this was on the minds of lawmakers when making this tough decision. After coordinating with state and local officials all week, we believe these closures are necessary to protect Washington state families, yours and ours. Make strategic decisions and act quickly to protect the future of your business and the futures of your employees. The association is in active conversations with lawmakers about how we can still play an important role in the community, such as contracting for services and products to help through this crisis. The association will continue to work with state and local lawmakers over the next two weeks, and we will continue to seek solutions for economic relief.