Updated November 15, 2020

On November 15, Governor Inslee announced new statewide restrictions for numerous industries, including Restaurants, Taverns, Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries. Beginning Wednesday, November 18, all indoor on-premise service must cease.

These are the full restrictions, as announced by the Governor's office: 

  • No indoor service in restaurants and bars. This includes wineries, breweries and distilleries.
  • Outdoor service is still permitted at 50% capacity. Table size is reduced to 5 customers per table.
  • Wine bottle/case sales to-go, curbside pick-ups and sales, home delivery, wine production and vineyard operations are still permitted with proper social distancing protocols. 
  • No indoor gatherings with people outside your household, except for specialized childcare.
  • Outdoor gatherings limited to 5 outside your household.
  • No indoor fitness facilities.
  • No indoor bowling, event venues, movie theaters, museums, zoos, aquariums.
  • No real estate open houses.
  • No wedding or funeral receptions. Ceremonies are permitted but limited to 30 people.
  • In-store retail limited to 25% indoor occupancy. No seating areas or food courts.
  • Religious services limited to 25% indoor occupancy and no more than 200 people. No choir performances, but soloists okay. Masks required.
  • Professional services must work from home when possible, offices are restricted to 25% occupancy and closed to public.
  • Personal services are limited to 25% max occupancy.
  • Long-term care facilities are limited to outdoor visits only, except end-of-life care.
  • Youth and adult amateur sports limited to outdoor only for intra-team practices, masks required.

Important: Indoor service must cease on November 18. All other restrictions listed above will be in effect on November 16. 

The new restrictions are in response to a surge of COVID-19 infections in our state and throughout the country. Several other states also announced tighter restrictions this past week. Gov. Inslee and our state leaders feel these measures are necessary to get control of the spread, and to not overwhelm our hospitals.

Next Steps:
The Governor announced these restrictions will be in place for four weeks, at which point he will reevaluate.


  • For outdoor areas that do not change the size of the physical space (ex; moving chairs and tables), temporary alterations to the space will not need to be approved by the LCB until Phase 4.
  • For outdoor spaces that will change the size of the physical space, changes will need to be requested by the licensee to the LCB.
  • The LCB may allow extensions to the outdoor space as long as:
    • the licensee has leasehold authority of the space
    • it does not extend on a commercial area, and
    • the 42’’ barrier requirement does not need to be permanent but does need to meet the height requirement
  • Wineries are allowed a picnic area contiguous to the winery for outdoor space as long as it meets all the requirements of what LCB requires for an outdoor space

Download the WSLCB's premise alteration request here.

This document outlines all requirements for outdoor seating, as of November 16. 

Washington Hospitality Association put on an outdoor tenting webinar, which you can access here.

State leaders worked with Byron Marlow, Professor of Hospitality Management at WSU, to put together a comprehensive list of guidelines and suggested best practices for wineries. These best practices do still apply if you are continuing with outdoor service. 

Governor's COVID-19 Requirements
The Governor’s office is asking every business to adopt a written procedure for dine-in service that is at least as strict as the requirements, as linked above. The businesses must ensure strict adherence to all measures established by the State of Washington, DOH, DOL & L&I. 

Reopening Guidelines, Best Practices, and Checklist
State leaders worked with Byron Marlow, Professor of Hospitality Management at WSU, to put together a comprehensive list of guidelines and suggested best practices for wineries:

We worked with our industry partners to put together a FAQ with answers informed by state government officials. This will be updated regularly.


As of July 7, businesses statewide are required to refuse service to any customers refusing to wear a face covering. This includes both indoor and outdoor service. 

Exemptions include:

  • Children under the age of two should not wear face coverings. Children ages three and four are encouraged, but not required to wear a face covering.
  • Exemptions also include those with certain medical conditions who may be adversely impacted by wearing a facial covering. 
  • Customers may remove face coverings while seated (eating and drinking) or communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing.


Governor's Office:
Resource Page
Risk Assessment Dashboard
Phased Approach to Reopening
Phase 2 Reopening Guidelines

Washington Wine Institute:
State and Federal Resources for Employers & Employees

Washington Winegrowers:
Resource Page

Washington Retail Association:
Resource Page

Health Resources:
Washington: Department of Health
National: CDC

Regional Travel & Tourism: 
Visit Seattle


MEDIA: If you have an inquiry related to COVID-19 please reach out to Heather Bradshaw, Communications Director, hbradshaw@washingtonwine.org or (206) 495-5844.