FAQ COVID-19 Woodinville Wine Country Re-Opening
On July 23rd, Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman announced changes to “Safe Start,” Washington’s phased approach to reopening. The changes target activities that data have shown provide a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure.
Here are some highlights of what this means for Woodinville Wine Country:
RESTAURANTS & BARS
- Restaurant guidance will now require parties to be members of the same household in order to dine indoors. Outdoor dining and take-away remains available for small parties from different households.
- Table size for dine-in in Phase 3 will be reduced to five individuals and occupancy reduced from 75% to 50%.
- Restaurants must also close gaming and social areas, such as pool tables, dart boards and video games.
- Bars will be closed for indoor service, but can continue outdoor service. Alcohol service inside of restaurants must end by 10 p.m.
WINERIES & TASTING ROOMS
- Wineries must cease indoor on-premise service*. Customers may continue to make/pick up orders and pay at the counter following all social distancing rules.
- Alcohol service must end by 10 PM
- Outdoor service is allowed with proper social distancing measures in place.
- *Tasting rooms who offer food are permitted to continue indoor service
***Additionally, as of June 26, every Washingtonian in an indoor public space, or in an outside public space when unable to physically distance from others, will be legally required to wear a face covering. Here are some details of the new order
How do I know what wineries and tasting rooms are open?
Click here for a list of tasting rooms that have reopened.
Should I make appointments?
Most tasting rooms will be appointment-only. Because of the fluidity with the reopening phases, you will need to call or visit the websites of the tasting rooms you want to visit in advance to obtain current visitor information.
Do I need to wear a mask?
Tasting room employees are required to wear masks and the State of WA legally requires all individuals to wear a mask in all indoor public spaces, or in an outside public space when unable to physically distance from others.
How will social distancing be implemented?
Social distancing protocols at tastings rooms will be in place both inside and outside. During WA State’s Phase 2, tastings are allowed in outdoor spaces only*. Bar seating is not available at this time. Restaurant dining is allowed at 50% capacity for indoor and outdoor spaces. Tasting rooms who offer food are permitted to continue indoor service. *Continue reading below for social distancing information pertaining to restaurants.
Can I bring a group?
Associated groups (limited to 5 people) are permitted for outdoor service. An associated group doesn’t have to be from the same household. If you are planning to dine inside, your group of 5 must be from the same household. Please note that many wineries will be limiting group size to fewer than 5 people so you need to confirm group limits with each winery.
How will service be different?
You can expect more pre-poured wine flights, limited wine bar service, and more seated tastings. What will not be different is the genuine hospitality that wine lovers have come to associated with Woodinville Wine Country.
What about restaurants?
Restaurant guidance will now require parties to be members of the same household in order to dine indoors. Outdoor dining and take-away remains available for small parties from different households. *Not all restaurants are opening at the same time, so again, call to confirm.
Can tasting rooms still serve food?
Please check with each tasting room ahead of visiting.
Will wineries accept cash?
Many wineries will be moving toward touch-less payment options. If you want to pay with cash we suggest you confirm ahead of time with the tasting rooms you plan to visit.
- WA State Reopening Phase 2 Guidelines and Best Practices
- WA State Wine Tasting Room COVID-19 Operations Checklist
- Voluntarily Customer Visit Log
- Washington Winery COVID-19 Supplement Response Posters
- Additional FAQ Questions for Tasting Room Managers & Owners
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