Regulatory Category: Regulatory Active State

Governor Inslee released the final Phase 2 social distancing requirements for wineries

As Washington counties slowly move into Phase 2 of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start plan, we want to provide you with the resources to reopen your tasting rooms in a quick, yet safe and responsible manner.

As a reminder, wineries that are able to adhere to social distancing requirements will be allowed to reopen during Phase 2. Several counties have already moved into Phase 2, and several more are under petition.

State leaders and health experts will be closely monitoring specific data and metrics to determine when we can safely move from Phase 1 to Phase 2 and so on. Please note that until your county moves into Phase 2, the state requires that you still adhere to current restrictions.

Phase 2 Requirements & Guidelines

Governor’s Phase 2 Reopening COVID-19 Requirements
The Governor’s office is asking every business to adopt a written procedure for dine-in service that is at least as strict as the Phase 2 requirements, as linked above. The businesses must ensure strict adherence to all measures established by the State of WashingtonDOH, DOL & L&I.

Phase 2 Reopening Guidelines, Best Practices, and Checklist
State leaders worked with Byron Marlow, Professor of Hospitality Management at WSU, to put together a comprehensive list of guidelines and suggested best practices for wineries.

  1. Washington Winery COVID 19 Reopening Requirements Guidelines and Best Practices.
  2. Washington Winery COVID 19 Supplement Response Operations Checklist.
  3. Washington Winery COVID 19 Supplement Response Posters.
  4. Voluntary Customer Log Template.

We worked with our industry partners to put together a FAQ with answers informed by state government officials. This will be updated regularly.

Governor Inslee announced Stay Home, Stay Healthy order until May 31.

Per the press conference, on May 1st, the governor announced a plan to reopen the state in four phases.  He stated it will be at least three weeks until we enter each new phase.  Phase one began on May 5th.

Please note that until your county moves into Phase 2, you must still adhere to the current restrictions below.

All wineries and tasting rooms must be closed for in-person tastings and events.

The following is permitted:

  1. NEW: Samples for virtual tastings. See these guidelines from California, which the WSLCB has also agreed to.
  2. Wine bottle/case sales to-go.
  3. Curbside pick-ups.
  4. Curbside sales.
  5. All deliveries, including direct from winery to customer.
  6. Winery production activities.
  7. Vineyard activities.
  8. Wholesale activities.
  9. Returns of alcohol from a business to a distributor.

LCB Licenses and Temporary Modifications for COVID-19

You can find a list and guidelines of the license renewals and temporary allowances listed below  here

Other Helpful Washington State Links

Washington State Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response 

Latest news and what you need to know about the coronovirus in Washington State.  Includes statistics, what to do if you are ill, state closures, essential businesses, etc.  That information can be located here 

Department of Revenue WA State 

The Dept of Revenue is taking several actions to provide relief to COVID-19 impacted businesses during the state of emergency . These actions address a broad range of taxes and programs: business and occupation tax, real estate excise tax assessments, leasehold excise tax, forest tax, and tax deferrals for biotechnology and medical device manufacturing. Find additional information on the actions taken by the Dept of Revenue here

Department of Labor and Industries

The Department of Labor and Industries has published a Paid Sick Leave FAQ.  L&I and ESD have worked together to establish a Paid Family and Medical Leave FAQ. Combined, these FAQ address a range of possible scenarios that may unfold as workplaces resume operations.

Employment Security Department of WA State (ESD)

The ESD has provided information including answers to FAQs on their website  for employers and  workers.

If you do not find the answer to your question on the ESD website, please send your question directly regarding any UI or related items to Josh McDoanld at WWI – We have secured a direct contact with ESD to get answers for all Washington wine industry questions. ESD has requested our members use a point person with their association to try and help with the overwhelming amount of questions and requests they are getting right now. This approach will likely get your question(s) answered much faster!