Here’s a rundown of the new dining restrictions in Pierce County
Just announced by Gov. Jay Inslee on Nov. 15, 2020: New restrictions for dining in Pierce County and across the state.
Here are a few take-aways:
NEW DINING RESTRICTIONS
* Indoor dining is paused at all restaurants and bars.
* Indoor dining is expected to be paused through Dec. 14. The governor announced the restaurant restrictions begin on Wednesday, November 18 at 12:01 AM (source: https://www.governor.wa.gov/…/inslee-announces…)
* Take-out is allowed at all restaurants. So is delivery.
* Outdoor dining is still permitted with some restrictions. Table size is limited to 5 diners.
SOURCING FOR THIS INFORMATION
As always, valid sources of information are important.
Here’s the governor’s release of information with today’s announcements: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/COVID%2019%20November%20Statewide%20Restrictions.pdf
Here’s where to check back in the next day or two for further guidance for restaurants and other businesses: https://www.governor.wa.gov/issues/issues/covid-19-resources/covid-19-reopening-guidance-businesses-and-workers
Here’s where you can find information from the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department about current virus counts and other pandemic information – https://www.tpchd.org/healthy-people/human-coronavirus
WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH RESTAURANT RALLY?
Pierce County officials confirmed Sunday that Pierce County Restaurant Rally will continue, as planned, Nov. 15-19. The program is a dining discount promotion offering diners 30 percent off meals at 300 participating Pierce County restaurants.
Diners can collect the 30 percent discount on dine-in and take-out service until Tuesday, Nov. 17. On Wednesday, Nov. 18 and Thursday, Nov. 19, participating restaurants will give discounts on take-out food. For the latest updates, check Pierce County’s official website for Pierce County Restaurant Rally at piercecountyrestaurantrally.com. I’ve also got a big collection of restaurants to check out for Restaurant Rally, plus tips for navigating the rally at dinepiercecounty.com/rally.
FOR RESTAURANT WORKERS AND OWNERS:
* To mitigate the impacts on businesses, an additional $50 million will be available in the form of grants and loans by the end of the year. More info is coming on that.
* The state will look at helping with unemployment or other aid if federal aid does not materialize for workers.
OTHER SOURCES OF AID FOR RESTAURANTS
I’ve compiled a list of aid programs for restaurants:
- Pierce County has a program for businesses with fewer than 20 employees here: https://www.piercecountywa.gov/6754/COVID-19-Business-Updates
- The Small Business Association has a disaster relief program here: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance
- Here’s an emergency small business relief loan program from Pierce County: https://www.piercecountywa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/92979/COVID-19-Loan-Forgiveness-Fact-Sheet
- Businesses that incur costs from Covid-19 can apply for reimbursement. Info here: https://www.piercecountywa.gov/6877/Adaptation-Grant-Program
- Need help with mortgage assistance? Get help from this commercial rent and mortgage payment assistance program: https://www.co.pierce.wa.us/6957/Commercial-RentMortgage-Assistance-Progr
- Pierce County Economic Development Board can help you figure out a plan if your restaurant is in trouble