On November 15, Gov. Inslee announced a new set of restrictions which allows for tasting rooms to be open for outdoor tasting only, if they are set up to do so. Those that do not offer outdoor seating are still permitted to be open for to-go and curbside sales, if they are able to comply with current restrictions and guidelines.
Every winery will likely have different operating procedures, but here are a few things to expect in general:
- Call ahead. If a tasting room chooses to be open outside 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. Employees must wear masks, and customers must also wear masks when not tasting wine, or when going inside to complete a transaction or use the facilities.
- Keep that distance. Groups will be capped at five people, with 6-foot distance between tables. All indoor and bar seating is closed.
- 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.
If you’d rather support from a distance, wineries are still open virtually. You can continue to support your local wineries by purchasing wine for delivery or pickup.
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