COVID-19 WA Brewery Emergency Resources

We are providing regular update emails to our brewery members. If you would like to receive these updates  contact us here.

Today, Governor Inslee announced an accelerated timeline for lifting the statewide mask mandate. Masks will no longer be required by the state in most public spaces beginning March 12th. This change comes as result of dropping hospitalization rates statewide, vaccine availability, and in response to recent updates to CDC masking guidance.

Statewide requirements for masks in most indoor public settings, including breweries, restaurants, and bars, will end on March 12th.

Businesses may continue with their own mask and vaccination verification policies if they choose. Additionally, employees may continue to mask at work, should they choose.

Here’s a look at the timeline for the expiration of state and local mask and vaccination/test verification requirements.

Statewide:

Ended Feb. 18th:

  • Statewide outdoor mask mandate for large (500+ people) events

Ending March 1st:

  • Statewide vaccine verification and capacity restrictions for large indoor events

Ending March 12th (Updated- previously set for March 21st):

  • Statewide indoor mask mandates for schools, childcare facilities, libraries, restaurants, bars, houses of worship, gyms, grocery stores, businesses, and retail establishments. Masks will still be required in healthcare settings and public transit

King County:

Ending March 1st:

  • King County COVID-19 vaccine and testing verification requirements for restaurants, bars, theaters and gyms

Jefferson and Clallam Counties:

Ending March 11th

  • Vaccine and test verification requirements in Jefferson and Clallam counties

The Brewers Association and WBG are advocating for legislation to add more money to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). We want Congress to level the playing field and provide funds for all breweries that applied for RRF grants.

If your brewery applied for an RRF grant but didn’t receive one, we encourage you to reach out to your elected officials today with the Brewers Association’s easy-to-use grassroots action form. In less than five minutes you can send an email to your elected officials and encourage them to support legislation that would add additional funding to the RRF.

It is vital that we show Congress that this legislation has broad bipartisan support, and to accomplish this, your elected officials need to hear from you today!

Please use this grassroots form today and encourage your employees and partners to do the same. If you want to share on social media, please use this form which is made for beer enthusiasts. Contact your elected officials today and help us ensure that every brewery that qualified and applied for RRF funding gets a grant.

Thank you for your advocacy and a big thank you the Brewers Association for their leadership and hard work on behalf of craft brewers in DC!

With dropping hospitalization rates and improving vaccination rates, state and local elected leaders and public health departments have announced the rolling back of mask and vaccination/test verification mandates. Statewide requirements for masks in most indoor public settings, including breweries, restaurants, and bars, will end on March 21st.

Businesses may continue with their own mask and vaccination verification policies if they choose.

Here’s a look at the timeline for the expiration of state and local mask and vaccination/test verification requirements.

Statewide:

Ending Feb. 18th:

  • Statewide outdoor mask mandate for large (500+ people) events

Ending March 1st:

  • Statewide vaccine verification and capacity restrictions for large indoor events

Ending March 21st:

  • Statewide indoor mask mandates for schools, childcare facilities, libraries, restaurants, bars, houses of worship, gyms, grocery stores, businesses, and retail establishments. Masks will still be required in healthcare settings and public transit

King County:

Ending March 1st:

  • King County COVID-19 vaccine and testing verification requirements for restaurants, bars, theaters and gyms

The Seattle Chamber will host a free webinar at 2 p.m. on Feb. 22 to help operators ramp-down this requirement and share ideas on how to keep customers and employees safe.

Jefferson and Clallam Counties:

Ending March 11th

  • Vaccine and test verification requirements in Jefferson and Clallam counties

The federal government’s website offering free COVID tests is up and running. You can register to receive 4 kits by visiting COVIDTests.gov, which will then direct you to a U.S. Postal Service site.

Additionally, the Washington State Department of Health recently launched a free home COVID test kit portal this week. Details here.

The LCB recently sent out a notice to all on-premise liquor licensees regarding new available endorsements for the extension of certain temporary COVID-19 allowances. The new endorsements are free and will be required for the businesses that wish to continue certain COVID-19 allowances, including curbside sales and growler deliveries for breweries.

Breweries wishing to continue curbside sales and growler deliveries will need to submit an application for added endorsements, here.

Questions? Email annie@washingtonbrewersguild.org or you can ask an LCB licensing specialist directly by emailing addedendorsements@lcb.wa.gov.