Since Tuesday, the smoke from wildfires raging across the Pacific Northwest have deteriorated the air quality here in Seattle to dangerous levels — and it’s supposed to get even worse this weekend.
On Friday, the air quality became “very unhealthy,” per the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, which means outdoor activities pose a risk for anyone, not just those with underlying health conditions. Mayor Jenny Durkan announced that the city’s parks, beaches, boat ramps, and play fields will be closed through Sunday because of the hazard. And authorities have advised that all residents stay inside as much as possible.
Right now, there is no mandate that restaurants shut down, even for outdoor dining. Local officials say they’ll be working through the weekend to make sure that businesses — particularly those using the new street permits for al fresco plazas — are simply aware of the most up-to-date guidance. However, many chefs and owners have already taken the initiative to voluntarily close their patios out of an abundance of caution. And in a handful of cases, some are closing for all services (including takeout) until the smoke clears.
Here’s a running list of where things stand as of Saturday, with links to the restaurants’ social media pages to track updates. Hopefully, conditions will improve on Sunday or Monday (when rain is in the forecast). If you see any additional closures, send us a tip.
Closing all services temporarily
Molly Moon’s (Madrona and Bellevue walk-up windows)
Closing outdoor seating, but still open for takeout or limited indoor dining
L’Oursin (outdoor mercantile moving inside)