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The following is a short archive of recent messages to the newly renamed Food Safety in King County email alert (previously used for announcing Food Establishment Closures only). This email list will include information about the King County Food Protection Program including announcements about what food establishments have been closed due to violations, updates on changes to permits for food establishment managers and workers, and how ongoing changes to statewide rules and policies related to COVID-19 affects food business practices and how we dine to protect the public's health. Food establishment closures will likely continue to be the primary announcements for this list.

King County will move to Phase 2 of the state's Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery plan today, Monday, Feb. 1.

Phase 2 allows for additional indoor activities, including indoor dining at 25 percent capacity. It is extremely important to proceed with caution. To protect employees and customers, in addition to wearing well-fitted masks, Public Health – Seattle & King County reminds owners and operators to maintain physical distancing, hand hygiene and ensuring health screening of all employees before each shift. Remember to stay home if you are sick.

To increase the safety of customers and your employees, maximize introduction of fresh air by opening doors and windows whenever possible, and improve mechanical ventilation and air flow. In addition, encourage use of outdoor dining, takeout and curbside offerings.

As we face new, more contagious COVID-19 variants, we must be more vigilant than ever in order to keep businesses open and COVID activity trending down. The state will evaluate our region's status every two weeks, and King County could move back to Phase 1, if the outbreak worsens.

Thank you,

Public Health - Seattle & King County
Food Protection Program

An unlicensed food vendor found operating at the SE corner of Military Road and S. Starlake Road, Federal Way was closed by a Public Health food inspector on January 25, 2021 at 1:45 pm for selling chicken and pork tamales out of an ice chest.

The Food Establishment Closures homepage is online at

Stimpy's Sports Bar & Grill located at 25608 Pacific Hwy S, Kent, WA 98032 was temporarily closed by a Public Health food inspector on January 4, 2021 due to a COVID-19 violation for providing indoor dining.

The establishment will be allowed to reopen once the inspector confirms that this issue has been resolved.

The Food Establishment Closures homepage is at