Learn about guidance for reopening dine-in restaurants in Phase 2

San Juan County Health Officer Dr. Frank James is composing a letter for the Board of Health to review later this week. If all the pieces fall into place, the county will ask the state for a waiver to skip ahead to Phase 2 of the Safe Start reopening plan. 

Gov. Jay Inslee issued guidance for partially resuming the dine-in restaurant and tavern industry for counties granted variance under the Safe Start Phase 2 recovery plan laid out last week. Through the Washington "Safe Start" plan, more businesses and activities will re-open in subsequent phases with adequate safety and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks — metrics and data will guide when the state can move from one phase to another.

Through the Safe Start approach, counties with a population of less than 75,000 that have not had a new case of COVID-19 in the past three weeks can apply for a variance to move to Phase 2 of “Safe Start” before other parts of the state. County variance applications will be approved or denied by the secretary of the Department of Health. Eight counties have received the variance.

For counties granted variance to move to Phase 2, restaurant operations may resume with limitations after meeting specific criteria, effective May 11, 2020.

Guidance documents for more information:

Memo: Dine-In Restaurants Phase 2

Dine-In Restaurant and Tavern Industry COVID-19 Requirements

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