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Welcome to the Washington State Reopening Guide for Restaurants

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Welcome to the Washington Hospitality Association’s Reopening Guide for Restaurants.

We’re grateful you’ve allowed us to help you as we can these past months – by providing the fastest, most accurate information you need and organizing opportunities for you to get answers to your questions. We’ll continue to stay connected and stay informed, no matter what the future throws at us. This document will serve you every step of the way, with regular, timely updates and further guidance as information becomes available.

This guide is for our whole industry. We’re grateful to our members for their support, and we are dedicated to fighting to keep hospitality alive in Washington. Below is a list of links that will connect you to the various articles in our reopening guide. These articles are regularly updated as the situation changes, as the governor’s office and state officials issue new mandates, requirements or extend existing ones. We hope this resource serves you well in the coming months, from informative flyers to communicate mask wearing guidelines to customers to self-checklists for employees to keep, and make use of as we all try to stay safe and healthy.

Table of contents:

Overview of official mask order

TEMPLATE Coronavirus Written Procedure for Food Establishments

TEMPLATE Coronavirus Self-Inspection Reopening Checklist

Official Health Department guidance on buffets

5-step action plan for anti-mask guests

Statewide mask requirements in your business: How to enforce + handle customer complaints

Official requirements for Phase 2 for restaurants and taverns

Operating requirements for Phase 3 (archived)

Questions for Phase 2: Operations/Workplace Safety 

Flyers, Videos and Multimedia

Washington Restaurant Reopening Guideline videos

Employee self checklist

Contact tracing form

Mask compliance for customers

Reopening checklist flyer