If you own a restaurant in the state of Washington and want to reopen your doors for dine-in service, your customers must be willing to provide you with proof of their identity, along with their contact information. And if you want the blessing of the government to regain the privilege of operating your private business, you will need to abide by Washington’s Democrat Governor Jay Inslee’s demand to keep a record of everyone who attended your restaurant in the past 30 days.
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According to The Washington Times – Eight Washington counties were approved to move on to Phase 2 under Mr. Inslee’s four-phase plan to reopen the state, which will allow restaurants to reopen for dine-in services at 50% capacity, The Seattle Times reported. Under the plan, restaurants that want to resume dine-in services must keep track of their customers.
“If the establishment offers table service, create a daily log of all customers and maintain that daily log for 30 days, including telephone/email contact information, and time in,” the plan states. “This will facilitate any contact tracing that might need to occur.”
Other rules include capping table sizes to five people and providing hand sanitizer upon entry of the establishment. Bar seating, buffets and salad bars are still banned under the plan.
Restaurants must also screen employees for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 at the start of each shift, and a “COVID-19 Supervisor” must be designated by the employer at each job site to monitor the health of employees and enforce the safety guidances.
King-5 News asked the owner of the Red Twig Bakery if she has any concerns about protecting the privacy of her customers. “Do you have any privacy concerns?” the King-5 reporter asked. “Um, not really,” Jamie Kearns Twitchell responded, adding, “My biggest concern, is people’s safety at this point. So, I think that kinda trump’s the privacy.”
On Monday, Colorado public health officials suspended the license of C&C Coffee and Kitchen, a restaurant that defied the government shutdown order and opened on Mother’s Day.
A spokesperson for Colorado’s Democrat Governor Jared Polis admonished the private business for daring to defy the governor’s executive lockdown order. “These restaurants are not only breaking the law, they are endangering the lives of their staff, customers, and community,” the spokesperson for the governor said.
Castle Rock News reports – On Mother’s Day, C&C Coffee and Kitchen, a breakfast and Korean kitchen had a line out the door.
“I expected it to be busy. I never expected this,” owner April Arellano said. “I’m so happy so many people came out to support the Constitution and stand up for what is right. We did our time. We did our two weeks. We did more than two weeks…and we were failing. We had to do something.”
Arellano posted on Facebook stating the Castle Rock Police Department notified the Tri-County Health Department of the violation of Colorado Order 20-24, stating all restaurants must cease dine-in service until at least May 31.
“No mask no problem btw,” the Facebook post reads.
Arellano said she was not concerned at all by the fact no customers wore masks or chose to social distance themselves. Arellano said she did not believe the crowd of people in her business was a public health hazard.
“We in the service industry have been taking precautions for years… We wash and sanitize everything anyway…
“People are piling into (retailers). So right now, I don’t really see the difference. And we’re human… I know a lot of things are ran by fear. I don’t have that fear.”
Watch the video of the Mother’s Day crowd of patrons, as they pile into the C&C Coffee and Kitchen restaurant:
Happy Mother’s Day from C& C in Castle Rock, where the owner said this is almost double a normal Mother’s Day. pic.twitter.com/cPSzjmAfAg
— Nick Puckett (@nick__puckett) May 10, 2020
Those patronizing the restaurant May 10, for the most part, did not feel concerned with wearing a mask or social distancing. Many came out to support Arellano specifically, believing she is taking a stand for what they believe is right.
“(My husband) had asked what I wanted to do for Mother’s Day. Since everything is closed down, I said `Well, I really don’t know,’” said Hannah Nunn. “Then when (Arellano) posted she was opening for dine-in, I said `That’s what I want to do.’ We’re ready to get back to normal and not being forced to stay home. And take-out does not taste as good.”
Linda Schattilly visited C&C May 10 because she felt she needed to support a business defiantly opening.
“I’m not afraid to be out. I’m not going to wear a mask. I’m healthy. I’m in good shape, and I don’t think it’s as serious as they say,” Schattilly said. “The communities are being devastated. People are losing everything… They should have never shut anybody down. They should’ve told all the old ones (people) and all the ones that don’t have the right immune systems to stay home and let people do their jobs. People are being devastated.”