The Kittitas County Health Department wants people to know that they understand these have been difficult times. Here they offer additional clarification on state requirements for restaurants and taverns in phase 3.
  1. Hand sanitizer should be available at entry for all staff and patrons (assuming supply availability).
  2. If the establishment does not offer table service, they must have protocols in place to ensure adequate social distancing at food and drink pick-up stations, and seating within their dining area.
  3. Tables must be placed far enough apart when measured from occupied chair to occupied chair, to ensure dine-in guests seated at a table are a minimum of 6 feet away from guests at adjacent table, or there must be a physical barrier or wall separating booths or tables.
  4. Customers must wear a cloth face-covering anytime they are not seated (while being seated or leaving, or while going to the restroom) and while they are talking at tables and not eating.
  5. All businesses are required to post signage at the entrance to their business to strongly encourage their customers to use cloth face coverings when inside the business.
  6. Single-use menus or reusable menus that are sanitized after each use, are required for in-person dining.
  7. Any condiments typically left on the table (ketchup, soy sauce, etc.) must be single-use or sanitized after each use.
  8. Restaurants and taverns must have implemented a plan to ensure proper physical distancing in lobby/waiting areas/payment counters.
  9. Minimize the number of staff serving any given table. It is strongly recommended that one staff person take a table’s order, bring all of their beverages/food/utensils, take their payment, etc.
  10. All patrons must be seated at the specific seating capacities specified for each phase. Standing is prohibited in any area of establishment, except for the lobby/waiting area and then must be done while maintaining 6 feet of distance between patrons.
  11. All live entertainment is prohibited.
  12. Most people should wear a face-covering in public. Wear a face covering in indoor public spaces except when you eat, and outdoors when you cannot stay six feet (or two meters) away from others at all times. You should wear a cloth face covering when you are in public with other people, especially indoors. Some people should not wear cloth face coverings:
    • Children under two years of age
    • People who have respiratory conditions or breathing trouble
    • People who have been told by a medical, legal, or behavioral health professional not to wear face coverings
    • People who have disabilities that:
      • Prevent them from comfortably wearing or taking off face coverings
      • Prevent them from communicating while wearing face coverings
Phase 3:
1. No bar seating is permitted during Phase 3. If an establishment has bar seating it must be closed off to prohibit use.
2. All parties and tables must be 10 guests or less.
3. Guest occupancy must be 75% of maximum building occupancy or lower as determined by the fire code. Outdoor seating is permitted but must also be at 75% capacity. Outdoor seating does not count toward the building occupancy limit. Outdoor seating must follow all other requirements in this document.
4. Buffets and salad bars are permitted and must follow Department of Health guidance.