Wine tasting rooms are allowed to reopen in a limited capacity for visitors during Phase 1.5, Phase 2 and Phase 3 of Governor Inslee's Safe Start Plan, if they are able to comply with new restrictions and guidelines.
Every winery will likely have different operating procedures (think: bussing your own tables, pre-poured flights), but here are a few things to expect in general:
- Call ahead. If a tasting room chooses to open they may have modified hours. Others will be open by appointment only. It’s always best to call ahead.
- Clean & safe. Tasting rooms are always very clean, but there will be an extra emphasis on cleanliness when they reopen. Employees must wear masks, and customers must also wear masks when moving around in the space.
- Keep that distance. Groups will be capped at five people, with 6-foot distance between tables. All bar seating is closed. In some counties, if a winery holds a restaurant license, they are permitted to be open inside at limited capacity to groups of up to five members of the same household.
- Your info. Wineries are not required to take down your information if you visit, but will have a voluntary customer log onsite for contact tracing needs.
Remember that if your county has not moved into Phase 2, or if you do not feel comfortable venturing out yet – wineries are still open virtually. You can continue to support your local wineries by purchasing wine for delivery or pickup.
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