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Restaurants face challenges despite the return of dine-in seating

Some guests are 'not too thrilled' about the COVID-19 requirements

Series: Coronavirus | Story 133

Last updated 7/10/2020 at 9:52am

Beacon photo by Christopher Kim

Customers dine on the outdoor tables of Tablas Woodstone Taverna. It is one of the restaurants in the Mill Creek Town Center offering dine-in services since the initiation of Phase 2 of Gov. Inslee's reopening plan but must adhere to guidelines in screening staff before shifts and mandating face masks for both workers and customers

Mill Creek's restaurants are slowly returning to regular dine-in operations with the recent transition into Phase 2 of Gov. Inslee's reopening plan, along with many others in Snohomish County.

One of the challenges that has presented itself for these businesses is keeping staff and customers safe and healthy. The County was approved for Phase 2 on June 5 and has since lifted some restrictions in areas of businesses, recreation, and travel. Many restaurants have begun serving customers for dine-in seating.

"The first week started off really strong, but with the recent spike in cases, peopl...

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