COVID-19 Food Establishment Guidance

Food Establishment Inspections

Safe Start Phase 2, reopening guidance documents and resources for Spokane County food establishments.


A message from the Spokane Regional Health District Food Safety Program:  

Thank you for your continued support of our community. We understand operating a food establishment is a challenge that is made even more difficult due to COVID-19 and we appreciate your work to help control the spread of the virus in our area.  

Washington is using a phased approach to reopen food establishment onsite dining. Now that Spokane County has been approved to enter Phase 2, food establishments may reopen onsite dining after they meet all of Governor Inslee’s Phase 2 Restaurant/Tavern Reopening COVID-19 Requirements.  

Be Ready for Phase 2

Before opening your dining area, you are required to have a plan to ensure proper customer physical distancing and ensure worker safety. Review the links below to help you create or evaluate your plan. Here is an overview of the guidance documents and signage linked below:

  • Governor Inslee’s Phase 2 Requirements. Please read carefully as there are several requirements unique to COVID-19 that go beyond routine food safety practices.
    • Your plan must meet the governor’s requirements and work for your operation.
  • COVID-19 Food Establishment Reopening – Physical Facilities. This guidance will help ensure your kitchen is functional and ready to support food safety.
  • Phase 2 Reopening Checklist. This checklist will help you quickly check your establishment and plan for key points to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
    • While not required, we highly recommend you fill this out and keep as a record to show you took the necessary steps to safely reopen
  • Phase 2 Food Establishment Operation. This guidance will help you ensure employee and customer safety.
  • Signs for customers and staff. Signs to help educate employees and customers are available.

We appreciate your continued effort to protect the health and safety of your workers, your business, and our community. Please note that the information provided here, including documents from Governor Inslee’s Office and Washington State Department of Health (DOH), are subject to change and will be updated regularly as needed. Be sure to check the DOH COVID-19 resources and recommendations page regularly for the most up-to-date guidance for your food establishment. 

If you have a question for SRHD’s Food Safety Program, please contact us at 509.324.1560 ext. 2 or at

Guidance Documents


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