Submitted by Lewis County Public Health & Social Services

Lewis County Public Health & Social Services (LCPHSS) reports that the county’s approval to move to COVID-19 Phase 2 status means restaurants and taverns will be able to reopen onsite dining in a limited manner if they meet certain conditions.

LCPHSS Senior Environmental Health Specialist Meredith Jones said, “Our establishments have done an excellent job providing food and beverages to our community while taking the necessary steps to protect their workers and customers from this virus.  We look forward to working with them as Lewis County progresses through Washington’s phased approach to reopening.”

Approximately 300 food establishments around the county may be eligible to reopen if they adjust their operations to meet Phase 2 requirements issued by the Washington Governor’s office. These requirements include having hand sanitizer available, no bar seating, occupancy no more than 50% of the maximum building occupancy, groups limited to 5 guests or less, tables placed farther apart, no salad bars or buffets, and others.

LCPHSS has resources and more information about what Phase 2 means to food establishment operations in Lewis County, including a reopening checklist, online at https://bit.ly/Phase2Food.

People can stay informed by following the Lewis County COVID-19 web page at covid19.lewiscountywa.gov, @LCPHSS on Twitter, or www.facebook.com/lcphss.

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