• Jacque Coe

King County Applies to Enter Phase 2

King County Board of Health has approved an application to the state Department of Health (DOH) to move to Phase 2 of the state’s Safe Start Reopening Plan. Applications have

typically been approved between 24 to 72 hours after receipt. If approved by DOH, King County could move to Phase 2 as early as this week.

Phase 2 allows limits on indoor dining to double, moving from 25% indoor dining capacity to 50% indoor dining capacity. Outdoor seating is permitted but must also be at 50% capacity. Outdoor seating does not count toward the building occupancy limit.

In sharing the county health statistics, Deputy County Executive Rachel Smith says health officials want the application to be a ‘one-way trip’ out of modified Phase 1, and urged extreme caution, explaining that the more activity, the more need for cautious measures.

The county mask directive, social distancing and diligent hand washing measures have been effective tools to ‘bend the curve’ of confirmed cases. County health officials have not seen a major uptick in cases since the move to a modified Phase 1, reporting just under the state limit of 25 cases per 100,000 on Monday.

To download the Washington state guide to reopening your restaurant, including templates for required written procedures and self-inspection checklists, click here.

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