On July 23rd, the Governor’s office and the Secretary of Health made additional changes to Washington’s “Safe Start” program. Some of these changes may impact your travel plans while visiting Whidbey Island. While Island County is still technically under the Phase 3 of the reopening plan, some of the restrictions have been re-tightened.
The biggest impact for our guests may have to do with their dining plans at local restaurants. The restaurants have been ordered to reduce occupancy limits back to 50% which likely means removing or blocking off tables or chairs. This could mean longer wait times when dining. The maximum group size is also reduced from 10 people back to 5 at a single table. This may impact you if you are traveling with or meeting friends for a meal. A new requirement was also added which prohibits restaurants from seating people at the same table inside who are not part of the same immediate household. So if two couples are traveling together or if you are meeting friends for dinner, you may have to be at separate tables under this new rule. If you are concerned with any of these new dining restrictions, please contact the local restaurant for clarification on how it will impact your visit.
Second, if your plans on Whidbey were to include a wedding, you may want to verify with the host that the event is still happening due to new restrictions.
Full details on the changes and the dates they become effective can be found on the Governor’s web-page here.
For further details on the status of service at our B&B, see the previous post here.