May 27, 2020

Care, compassion, cleaning and sanitizing: restaurants talk reopening

By: Brian Mittge   Comments: 0
AWB's May 27 webinar on reopening of restaurants and the hospitality field included, clockwise from upper left: Susan Eberle Stahlfeld of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP; AWB President Kris Johnson; Chris Knudson of Casa Mia; Lacy Fehrenbach of the Washington State Department of Health; and Pam Cant of the Washington Department of Labor and Industries.

AWB’s weekly COVID-19 webinar series focused on restaurants and the hospitality industry this week — specifically on the specifics of how to reopen safely for employees and customers.

Chris Knudson, owner/director of operations at Olympia Casa Mia, Lacey Casa Mia and Well 80 Brewhouse, took attendees on a quick virtual tour of his Olympia restaurant, showing how he has rearranged the eatery to accommodate social distancing. One wall that once had seven tables now has three, he said. Every other booth is closed, along with the bar.

The state’s “Safe Start” reopening allows restaurants and bars to reopen at up to 50% capacity, but he said that to keep at least 6 feet of distance, he’ll be operating at 25% capacity.

“This is a strange time,” he said. “No one really understands it. The one thing we can do is be kind to one another and have compassion. And we’ll clean, sanitize and clean again. We’ve been doing that a lot.”

The event also featured:

  • Lacy Fehrenbach, MPH, CPH, Assistant Secretary, Prevention and Community Health, Agency Administrator, COVID-19 Response

  • Pam Cant, Consultant Program Operations Manager, WA State Dept. of Labor & Industries

  • Susan Eberle Stahlfeld, Partner, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

Watch a full video of the event here:


AWB COVID-19 Employer Resources Webinar Series: Restaurant & Hospitality Guidance (5/27/2020) from Association of WA Business on Vimeo.


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