Lewis County has been approved by the Washington State Department of Health to enter Phase 2 on May 22, 2020. This is the start of the "Safe Start Washington" plan that is allowing more businesses to open up, including restaurants, hair and nail salons along with dog grooming places.
Lewis County submitted the application on Thursday to the State of Washington, Director of Health. The Lewis County Commissioners along with Lewis County Public Health were part of the plan that was sent to the state. Commissioner Edna Fund was the chairperson, she stated "We had to get the approval for our businesses to reopen. I was very proud of the team that put the 100-page request together."
Lewis County has been very busy the last few weeks developing and getting ready to reopen. Commissioner Fund stated "We have the website 'Lewis County Together' which has a lot of resource information including the Business Reopening Toolkit. This helps businesses with the steps necessary to reopen. Lewis County is open for business."
In phase 2, restaurants can open for dine-in with 50% occupancy. Salon's can open up with personal protection gear and other measures. This also allows in store retail but again with necessary safeguards of personal protection and maximum capacity of 30% for the store. Each business has requirements they must meet before opening. It is essential to check these requirements before you open your doors.
The entire county was abuzz, businesses were ready to open. Restaurants that have been offering takeout can now offer seating at 50% capacity. Donna's Place in Toledo opened immediately as did The Club in Winlock. Both of these places offer sit down meals and spirits. Guadalajara is back open in Winlock and Plaza Jalisco will open in about a month due to a fire. Ramblin Jack's Rib Eye will open on Thursday. The Little Crane will be opening on the 1st of June, per Jason.
Spiffy's will be opening next week as well. Since restaurants can only open at 50% capacity, you may want to call ahead.
This also means hair salons and barbers will be opening back up as well. I know the Winlock dog groomer has been anxious to get back to work. The Winlock Dance Center opened back up as well.
It looks like Lewis County is back in business, please support your local businesses. They had to take a loss while they were out of business for a few months. Even though the prices might be less expensive in the big box stores, when you spend your money locally, it comes back to the community.