Governor Inslee Announces New Restrictions
for Washington Wineries Effective Nov. 18
On Monday, Nov. 16, in an effort to curb the spread of the Coronavirus Pandemic in Washington State, Governor Jay Inslee announced new statewide restrictions for numerous industries, including restaurants, taverns, breweries, wineries and distilleries. Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 18, all indoor on-premise service must cease.
These are the full restrictions, as announced by the Governor’s office:
- No indoor service in restaurants and bars. This includes wineries, breweries and distilleries.
- Outdoor service is still permitted at 50% capacity. Table occupancy is reduced to 5 customers per table.
- Wine bottle/case sales to-go, curbside pick-ups and sales, home delivery, wine production and vineyard operations are still permitted with proper social distancing protocols.
- No indoor gatherings with people outside your household, except for specialized childcare.
- Outdoor gatherings limited to 5 outside your household.
- No indoor fitness facilities.
- No indoor bowling, event venues, movie theaters, museums, zoos, aquariums.
- No real estate open houses.
- No wedding or funeral receptions. Ceremonies are permitted but limited to 30 people.
- In-store retail limited to 25% indoor occupancy. No seating areas or food courts.
- Religious services limited to 25% indoor occupancy and no more than 200 people. No choir performances, but soloists okay. Masks required.
- Professional services must work from home when possible, offices are restricted to 25% occupancy and closed to public.
- Personal services are limited to 25% max occupancy.
- Long-term care facilities are limited to outdoor visits only, except end-of-life care.
- Youth and adult amateur sports limited to outdoor only for intra-team practices, masks required.
The Governor announced that these restrictions will be in place for four weeks, at which point he will reevaluate.
Governor Inslee also announced that the state is in the process of creating a $50 million fund to be distributed via grants and loans to impacted businesses. The Washington Wine Institute will be actively working with state leaders and similar industry colleagues to make sure these funds are available as soon as possible and are accessible to as many wineries and other hospitality industry sectors as possible.
As Publisher of DiscoverWashingtonWine.com, I hope you will support your favorite wineries during these trying times to keep them financially viable. Chuck Leininger, Publisher.