Guest waiting areas
On-site consumption of food and beverages are clearly prohibited in Governor Inslee's proclamations aimed at reducing the spread of the COVID-19 illness.
This means you may not offer guests a beverage of any kind while they await their take-out orders.
Governor Inslee's proclamation did not directly address waiting areas.
Offering guest seating is discourage!
If you choose to offer seating of any kind, remember that it is your responsibility to provide for, and enforce, social distancing requirements.
WE RECOMMEND REMOVING ALL SEATING AREAS
If you choose to offer seating while guests wait for to-go orders, remember that you are responsible for enforcing the 6 foot social distancing requirements. This is for indoor and outdoor seating areas.
Two things to consider before offering seating:
- Do your staff have time to monitor seating areas?
- Do your staff have time to thoroughly sanitize seating areas after each guest leaves?
Many businesses have stacked tables and chairs on top of each other to eliminate seating or creatively blocked entrance to the dining room. Food establishments offering seating have moved tables at least 6 feet apart and have staff designated to thoroughly sanitize tables and chairs between guests.