To reopen, Washington state restaurants will have to keep log of customers to aid in contact tracing

Rows of seats sit empty at Purple Cafe and Wine Bar in downtown Seattle on April 14. On Monday, Gov. Jay Inslee’s office released a set of requirements restaurants will have to comply with if they want to reopen for dine-in service.(Amanda Snyder / The Seattle Times)Rows of seats sit empty at Purple Cafe and Wine Bar in downtown Seattle on April 14. On Monday, Gov. Jay Inslee’s office released a set of… (Amanda Snyder / The Seattle Times)

With eight Washington counties now approved to move to Phase 2 under Gov. Jay Inslee’s four-phase plan to reopen the state, the governor’s office on Monday released a set of requirements restaurants will have to comply with if they want to reopen for dine-in service.

Stevens, Wahkiakum, Skamania, Ferry, Pend Oreille, Columbia, Garfield and Lincoln counties have all been cleared for Phase 2, which allows restaurants to reopen at 50% capacity, and caps table sizes at five.

Notably, the 13 criteria that restaurants will have to adhere to in order to reopen for dine-in service includes a stipulation that they “create a daily log of customers and maintain that daily log for 30 days, including telephone/email contact information, and time in.”

This is to aid in any contact tracing, should that become necessary.

Read more here: https://www.seattletimes.com/life/food-drink/to-reopen-washington-state-restaurants-will-have-to-keep-log-of-customers-to-aid-in-contact-tracing/

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