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.
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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.