For food service establishments
The COVID-19 Delta variant is spreading fast. As of October 25 in King County, proof of vaccination will be required for everyone ages 12+ at outdoor events of 500 or more people, indoor recreational events or establishments, restaurants, and bars. As of September 13 in Washington state, masks are required for everyone ages 5+ at outdoor events with 500 or more people, and continue to be required in public indoor spaces. For more information, please see our Current COVID-19 guidance page.
After closing their doors to help weather the onset of COVID-19, businesses are welcoming back the customers who are the lifeblood of the Seattle and King County economies. This page contains recommendations for public health regulated businesses such as restaurants.
All businesses and organizations can support a safe re-opening. Follow Washington state guidance to protect your employees and customers, with proper indoor air ventilation, vaccination efforts, and mask guidelines. All businesses and organizations are required to post signs explaining their mask policy.
Employers in King County must notify Public Health – Seattle & King County if they suspect COVID is spreading in their workplace.
- Guidance for reopening buildings after prolonged shutdown or reduced operation, CDC
- Guidance for rodent prevention and control for reopening buildings during COVID-19
Buildings or spaces that have been unoccupied for a period of time may be at risk of rodent infestations. Rats and mice are common pests in King County and the following are some tips to help you reopen your building safely. Even if you continued your pest control services during quarantine, you should still take extra precautions concerning rodents as you move back into your building.
- Flush building water system, WA State Dept. of Health
- Review further guidance on reopening after a building closure, American Industrial Hygiene Association
- Washington paid sick leave
Employees have rights, and employers have significant responsibilities under Washington's Paid Sick Leave law, which was passed by voters in 2016 as part of Initiative 1433. As of Jan. 1, 2018, employers in Washington state are required to provide paid sick leave to their employees.
- Washington paid family leave
Paid Family and Medical Leave is a benefit for Washington workers. It's here for you when a serious health condition prevents you from working or when you need time to care for a family member, bond with a new child or spend time with a family member preparing for military service overseas.
- City of Seattle's Paid Sick and Safe Time
The City of Seattle's Paid Sick and Safe Time ordinance requires employers operating in Seattle to provide all employees with paid leave to care for themselves or a family member with a physical or mental health condition, medical appointment, or a critical safe issue.
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Contact/Where to get more information from King County
- Non-medical questions about COVID-19 including compliance and business related issues?
- If you are a food business owner or a food worker and have questions related to your operation, please reach out to your Health Investigator or call 206-263-9566 to speak with office staff.