Washington to halt indoor restaurant and bar service starting this week

Nov 16 2020, 7:00 pm

Starting Wednesday, November 18, Washington State is shutting down all indoor restaurant and bar service.

Restaurants will still be able to serve food by drive-thru, delivery, and pick-up, and in-person dining will be restricted to outdoor settings.

Governor Jay Inslee will also be offering $50 million in aid to help alleviate impacts on businesses and workers, funding he intends to have distributed by the end of the year.

In addition to restaurants and bars closing, in-store retail, grocery stores, and personal services will be limited to 25% of occupancy and must close any congregate areas.

“We understand that this is both an economic and a public health crisis. We do not take lightly the impact these restrictions will have on local businesses, many of which have already had a very difficult year. You are not alone, and we will continue to provide supports,” Inslee said.

The modified restrictions of restaurants will take effect Wednesday, November 18 at 12:01 am.

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