A message from the Spokane Regional Health District Food Safety Program:
Thank you for your continued efforts to meet the challenges posed by COVID-19. Your work is instrumental in helping us to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our area.
Washington is using a phased approach to reopen food establishment onsite dining. Spokane County is currently in Phase 2, which allows food establishments to be open for onsite dining after they meet all of Governor Inslee’s Phase 2 and Phase 3 Restaurant, Tavern, Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries COVID-19 Requirements. However, please note that there have been several changes to Governor Inslee’s Phase 2 requirements as outlined in Proclamations 20-25 and 20-25.4.
Changes to Phase 2 Requirements
You can find the changes outlined in the following documents:
Please read these revised documents carefully and incorporate appropriate changes into your written procedure(s) to make sure your establishment is in compliance with the Governor’s directives.
What’s changed? Here’s a quick overview:
Food Establishment Inspections and COVID-19
Routine inspections are resuming with some adjustments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An inspector will start the process by contacting you by phone to discuss food safety risk factors, COVID-19 prevention, and review your written procedure(s) to help ensure you are in compliance with Phase 2 requirements. A written procedure is required and must be available to the inspector during an onsite inspection.
This written COVID-19 procedure must be adopted by all food establishments operating in Phase 2 and address physical distancing, protective equipment, hygiene, cleaning, communication, screening and disinfection of contaminated areas.
You can develop your own plan or use the Phase 3 Safe Start Plan Template. After the phone discussion, a representative from SRHD will conduct an on-site inspection while following all appropriate COVID-19 prevention protocols and procedures.
Gov. Jay Inslee Adjusts Safe Start Plan - Gatherings Limited, Live Entertainment Prohibited, Modifications to Restaurants/Taverns, Family Entertainment and Recreational Centers, Card Rooms, Movie Theaters, Weddings and Funerals and Safe Start Plan Adjusted
Washington State Dept. of Health COVID-19 Guidelines for Restaurants
Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Safe Start Plan Revisions
Spokane Regional Health District Testing, Quarantine, and Return to Work Guidance for Non-Healthcare Personnel
Gov. Inslee Phase 3 Safe Start Plan Template
Washington State Dept. of Health COVID-19 Guidelines for Farmers Markets Providing Essential Services
Washington State Dept. of Health COVID-19 Guidelines for Grocery Stores
Washington State Dept. of Health Guidance for Restaurants Selling Grocery-Type Items
Washington State Dept. of Health Supply Chain Issues and Conservation Strategies
Washington State Dept. of Health Food Worker and Establishment Guidance on COVID-19
If your food establishment has not yet reopened, please refer to the documents below for guidance on safely reopening.
Washington State Dept. of Health COVID-19 Food Phase 2 Establishment Reopening – Physical Facilities
Washington State Dert. of Health COVID-19 Food Establishment Phase 2 Reopening Checklist
Spokane Regional Health District COVID-19 Food Establishment Signage
Spokane Regional Health District Protect One Another from COVID-19
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Symptoms of Coronavirus
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Stop the Spread of Germs
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Stay Home When Sick