Governor Inslee announced this afternoon that his Stay Home, Stay Healthy order has been extended until May 31.
He announced a plan to reopen the state in four phases. We are working with the Governor’s office to confirm which phase tasting rooms are included in, and will communicate that as soon as possible.
Per today’s press conference, the Governor stated it will be at least three weeks until we enter each new phase. Next week we will enter phase one, during which wineries must still adhere to the following guidelines:
All wineries and tasting rooms must be closed for in-person tastings and events.
The following is permitted:
- NEW: Samples for virtual tastings. See these guidelines from California, which the WSLCB has also agreed to.
- Wine bottle/case sales to-go.
- Curbside pick-ups.
- Curbside sales.
- All deliveries, including direct from winery to customer.
- Winery production activities.
- Vineyard activities.
- Wholesale activities.
- Returns of alcohol from a business to a distributor.
See the COVID 19 resource page on the Washington Wine Institute’s website, as well as resources from our colleageus at the Washington State Wine Commission and the Washington Winegrowers for current restrictions and allowances for wineries, along with links to federal and state government support. In partnership with state government, tourism and hospitality stakeholders, we are proactively developing a re-opening plan that includes wineries and tasting rooms.
As a reminder, for tonight we’re focused on rallying around #WAwine to help you continue to do business. Keep an eye on your email for new initiatives through the #SipGlocal movement, like today’s State Night in support of our local restaurants.
Above all else, please do everything you can to stay healthy. We’re in this together.