For a short time, at least, it seemed that the Seattle area was turning a corner during the pandemic. As of June 30, capacity restrictions on restaurants had been lifted across Washington, masks were no longer required for fully vaccinated diners (only recommended), and COVID cases were on the wane.
Then, of course, progress came to a screeching halt due to the highly contagious delta variant. Even though recent COVID outbreaks in Seattle haven’t been quite as severe as in other areas of the country (thanks to a high vaccination rate in King County), officials continue to watch the rise in cases and hospitalizations with concern. A statewide mask mandate is back in place, applying to everyone regardless of vaccination status. And more than 140 restaurants and bars in the city have taken things a step further, requiring proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test for entry.
But we want to hear from you. As the summer winds down and the spread of delta shows little signs of slowing down, how have your dining habits changed? Are you going out less? Do you prefer establishments that make diners show a vaccination card? Please take our short survey and share your thoughts. Thank you!