Ensuring Safe Start Compliance in Restaurants and Taverns: SSTAR Launches in King County

After entering Phase 2 of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start Reopening Plan, Public Health – Seattle & King County has observed an unsettling trend with COVID-19 cases rising as restaurants, bars, and taverns resume operations. In an effort to keep businesses open and move King County forward through the Safe Start phases, Public Health is launching a new initiative to begin educational outreach and enforcement of Safe Start requirements for operating restaurants, bars, and taverns.

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Statement on closure of Duke’s Restaurant at Alki Beach

On July 8, 2020, Public Health – Seattle & King County closed Duke’s Chowder House on Alki Beach. This restaurant location was closed due to an ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 among employees, the potential for workplace and employee transmission, and for non-compliance with Washington’s Safe Start Plan.

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Doing the right thing: Restaurants and COVID-19

In response to rising COVID-19 cases county wide, Public Health – Seattle & King County is expanding efforts to educate and enforce compliance of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start COVID-19 reopening requirements in food establishments.

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Our Role in Safe Take-Out Dining

Under the current Health Order, restaurants may remain open for drive-through, delivery, and pick-up. Our Food Program also has a role to play in working with food service establishments so that they comply with the health order.

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Events, eating out, and retail: what’s allowed and what’s not

The Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County has issued an order intended to curtail the amount of face-to-interaction in the community that can potentially spread the virus. We explain what is now prohibited and what is still allowed (if steps to minimize the risk are taken.)

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Multiple cases of E. coli potentially associated with King County Evergreens restaurants

Update (December 16, 2019): We’ve identified additional cases in the E. coli outbreak potentially linked to meals at King County Evergreens restaurants during November 5-11, 2019. This outbreak appears to be over. For more information, view the foodborne illness disclosure for this outbreak. Update (December 6, 2019): We’ve identified additional cases linked to this outbreak. […]

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