Will local restaurants be allowed to offer some indoor dining soon? Here’s what King County added in proposal for ‘modified Phase 1’

King County has just officially asked the state for permission to go to a “modified Phase 1” status (see the letter here), and it’s got more than first announced last week – including some indoor dining. From the announcement:

King County submitted a plan to the state Department of Health to allow for limited openings of businesses in a modified Phase 1 of the Safe Start plan, including allowing some indoor seating at restaurants.

King County Executive Dow Constantine, King County Council Chair Claudia Balducci, and King County Board of Health Chair Joe McDermott today submitted a plan to the state Department of Health that would allow limited and modified openings for a wide range of businesses and personal activities.

The county’s application includes recommendations from King County local health officer Dr. Jeff Duchin that would:

-allow all outdoor recreation permitted in Phase 2 in Gov. Inslee’s Safe Start plan
-expand opening indoor fitness studios for one-on-one activities
-allow restaurants to begin opening indoor seating at 25% of normal capacity
-allow hair stylists and other personal services at 25% capacity

“Our plan to safely reopen our region’s economy is based on the latest data, recommendations by Public Health experts, and insight from communities and businesses,” said Executive Constantine. “We are ready to take the next careful step toward an equitable recovery that benefits everyone who calls King County home.”

The state is expected to decide within the next several days whether it will accept the modified plan which was developed in consultation with Public Health experts, community leaders, businesses, and the King County Council.

Public Health – Seattle & King County recently posted a new dashboard featuring key indicators, with targets that help inform reopening decisions. Based on trends toward all the targets, public health officials and policymakers believe these openings, done safely, will enable much-needed economic activity while also protecting the public and managing the spread of disease in our community.

With the limited re-opening, maintaining the safety principles that led to the success against the outbreak has never been more important. These include continuing to practice physical distancing of 6 feet or more, minimizing contact with others outside the home, frequent hand washing or sanitizer, use of cloth face coverings in public, and avoiding group gatherings and poorly ventilated spaces. …

See the full list by going here. The state has said it might need as little as “a few days” to review and approve proposals like this, but that approval is needed before any of this can happen.

28 Replies to "Will local restaurants be allowed to offer some indoor dining soon? Here's what King County added in proposal for 'modified Phase 1'"

  • Ev June 3, 2020 (1:21 pm)

    How about the local hair cutters? Or are Jay and Jenny the only ones allowed?

    • WSB June 3, 2020 (2:09 pm)

      That’s mentioned in the story, fifth paragraph above.

  • Vic June 3, 2020 (1:32 pm)

    still seems unwise to dine indoors as face masks are still strongly recommended in public (especially indoors).

    • AdmiralE June 3, 2020 (4:17 pm)

      Then don’t

      • Vic June 3, 2020 (7:46 pm)

        My comment was more about conflicting recommendations in the post above (ok to dine in, but still told to wear masks) than about what people should or shouldn’t do. So I’m honestly not sure where the shortness was directed or why.

    • Sue H June 3, 2020 (4:21 pm)

      I think this is where we all have to make decisions based on our comfort levels and level of risk. An an oxygen user, my level of risk is way too high (IMHO) to risk eating in at restaurants or getting my hair cut anytime soon. So I need to take care of me and will choose to avoid it. I just have to trust that those who go remain safe and will not judge those who do go, nor will I try to stop it from happening.

  • YouDontGnomeMe June 3, 2020 (1:55 pm)

    I wonder if it would be possible for some leniency with outdoor seating to help spread things out? (I’m not entirely sure of any of these rules, and this would be once the city allows restaurants to open for dining). I had lived in Europe for a brief period, and one of my favorite things about Spring and Summer were all the outdoor spaces turned into patio seating on nice days. I’m not suggesting blocking sidewalks, but for bars or restaurants that have outdoor space not normally used for this purpose, is this a way for them to get more people over for business? 

    • WSB June 3, 2020 (2:08 pm)

      The Junction has been looking into that – the city is empowered to waive rules if they choose.

      • YouDontGnomeMe June 3, 2020 (2:58 pm)

        That’s great to hear! 

      • Anon June 3, 2020 (4:09 pm)

        That might be a good idea. You have to take a mask off to eat. It would be safer for servers and diners if that were outside, and spaced somewhat.

    • sf June 3, 2020 (2:40 pm)

      If we can close streets for play areas, safe streets, farmer’s markets and more, I think we can handle closing a couple blocks in each “urban neighborhood” across the city for al fresco dining for 2-3 months each year.  How wonderful to take the opportunity of our social distancing needs to end up with pedestrian blocks and al fresco dining for our short summer months

      …..and yes, Mark – you may need to park 1 block away from your intended destination for a short time for an entire society to live a more outside, soulfully rich culture to occur.  We are a society, we all sacrifice for the greater good at different times in different ways.

      • Tsurly June 3, 2020 (7:08 pm)


  • WS Small biz owner June 3, 2020 (2:35 pm)

    I was very disappointed to see they waited until today to apply. Last Friday after the governors speech, Dow Constantine said that King County would be applying for phase 1.5 on Monday. Then on Monday, nothing. Yesterday they said they were pushing it back from Monday to Tuesday, and then today they announce they just did it. Those extra few days may end up costing us small business owners another weekend plus before we can open. Do they not understand their procrastination is costing us money?I feel like they continue to fail us in action and communication

  • kgmccaffrey@comcast.net June 3, 2020 (3:07 pm)

    Does West Seattle Blog know of Black-owned restaurants that you could highlight so folks can get takeout or patron and support?  I went to https://intentionalist.com/ and couldn’t find ANY.  Dismayed — either that just says something about West Seattle, or they aren’t registered yet on that website.  But would be a good one to promote!!

    • WSB June 3, 2020 (5:17 pm)

      In a few hours, barring more breaking news, I’ll be publishing the start of a list of local Black-owned businesses – not just restaurants – that we’ve been working on since yesterday. It’s not very long – we have 10 so far – but I hope people will have additions.

  • Trickycoolj June 3, 2020 (3:23 pm)

    Any news on the status of residential parking enforcement and the 72 hour rule? We noticed parking enforcement cruising our street and working from home we’re not leaving often enough and will have to set reminders to move the car if enforcement is back on.

  • Smittytheclown June 3, 2020 (5:57 pm)

    Florida, Georgia and Texas among others have been opened up for weeks.  Despite media protestations and fear-mongering they are not seeing an uptick and hospitals are wide open.  This is getting beyond ridiculous.  Nationally less than 500 people died of covid yesterday.  7,100 died of something else.  Keep the vulnerable safe and Open Up!

  • Mj June 3, 2020 (7:39 pm)

    Smitty apparently King County and the City of Seattle have jumped to Phase 4 with gatherings of over 50 people.  

  • CL June 3, 2020 (8:53 pm)

    Cumulative case count is on the rise in TX as it is everywhere.  That is of course expected.  Trends are what are relevant.  In the provided dashboard linked above, trends look flat (flattened curve).  Looks like successful progress in opening without exponential growth in the trends unless I am missing something. 

  • Scott June 3, 2020 (9:05 pm)

    This is good news.  During what phase would public playgrounds likely reopen?  

  • justme June 3, 2020 (9:27 pm)

    If a hair salon only has room for two clients at a time, does 25% capacity mean only half a person is allowed in for a hair cut?

  • Small Biz Struggling to plan June 4, 2020 (8:19 am)

    Curious what small business owners should expect.  We were told it could be Friday, but since it was delayed (which I understand with the protests) when can we expect to open?  Many in the service industry need to book appointments and it is creating more work for small business owners trying to coordinate and get ready to open.  I agree with WS Small Biz Owner, this is costing small business owners even more money than we can afford.  We just need a date to reopen. If it is Monday, fine but if we can open this weekend, we need to get staff ready, book appointments and try to make a little bit of money.  With 25% capacity, we need all the open days possible.  Anyone know anything?  

    • WSB June 4, 2020 (10:01 am)

      The governor’s having another 2:30 pm briefing; often he makes approval announcements at these, though I wouuld expect that when approval s in the news will come from the county. We’ll carry the gov event today just in case.

  • Small biz struggling to plan June 4, 2020 (10:06 am)

    As always, so much gratitude to you WSB. I can’t count the number of times I check the blog daily to find out the scoop. 

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