Yet, here we are. A month and a half after dine-in service was banned (on March 16) in Washington state, diners are now looking at around another month or more until they can sit back and relax, in person, at favorite local eateries.
Currently, Washington state restaurants are banned from offering dine-in service through at least May 25, which is the earliest date we could see restaurants reopen at under 50 percent capacity, with table sizes capped at five customers. This decision hinges on what statewide health data can tell us at that point in time.
Idaho, meanwhile, has announced a plan to allow its restaurants to reopen by May 16 if certain guidelines are met.
Since we're in this for the long haul, the Inlander reworked information shared by local restaurants and food businesses directly into our website. This creates a more robust source of information for users to not only find operating hours and services offered, but links that information with the Inlander's photos, past coverage and other relevant data in our system.
As of today, we're retiring that spreadsheet and instead directing users, using the same URL — Inlander.com/takeoutguide — to our website's restaurant directory.
For users arriving to this resource via other channels, set the page sort filter, under the "Features" tab, to "To-Go Guide" as shown in this screen grab at right. You'll also see other filter keywords, several of which we created just for the COVID-19 crisis, including alcohol delivery and takeout (a temporary offering for most establishments), and locations offering family-style meals and gift cards.
On the restaurants' side, information can still be regularly updated as needed.
submit that information directly to us, as well as input updates to existing locations. (Restaurant owners and managers can click an "Update Location" button located at the top right of each restaurant's profile page; see example at right.)
Updates and questions can also be sent directly to us by email, to email@example.com.