Additional Phase 2 Guidelines for Restaurants, Taverns, and Fitness Studios - UPDATED 07.31.20

24 Jul 2020

Governor Inslee announced changes to the Safe Start phased approach to reopening. The new rollbacks target activities that data have shown create a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure.

Since the governor announced the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order four months ago, COVID-19 cases in Washington have risen from 2,000 to nearly 50,000, and deaths have increased from 110 to nearly 1,500.

To combat these rising numbers, Governor Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman adjusted the Safe Start guidance and regulations for restaurants, bars, gyms/fitness studios, and other activities.

Below we outline the updated Phase 2 guidelines that apply to Mercer Island businesses and are now in effect. Read more about other impacted activities here.

Restaurants, Taverns, and Other Eating & Drinking Establishments

  • Indoor dining at restaurants limited to parties of household members only (outdoor dining and take out still available for customers/small parties from different households)
  • Indoor service is prohibited at taverns, breweries, wineries, & distilleries unless certain food service is provided (outdoor service guidelines remain in effect)
  • Bar-seating is prohibited (counter-style seating permitted in other areas)
  • Alcohol service must end at 10pm
  • Game and social areas must close (pool tables, dart boards, video games, etc.)

Read the updated guidelines here.


Gyms & Fitness Studios

  • Indoor fitness services limited to five participants (not including staff)


Read the other current Safe Start Guidelines here.


In addition to these rollbacks, Secretary Wiesman also expanded the face coverings order. Beginning Saturday, July 25, face coverings are required in all common spaces, including elevators, hallways/shared spaces in apartment buildings, assisted living facilities, and more.



The City of Mercer Island wants to support local businesses during this uncertain time. Contact Sarah Bluvas, EOC Small Business Liaison, at sarah.bluvas@mercergov.org to let us know how we can help.

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