Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood has a higher density of breweries than any other neighborhood in the USA and probably the world. I honestly challenge anyone to prove me wrong. As Washington prepares to reopen with its “Safe Start” plan, Seattle has now moved to Modified Phase 1, which allows brewery taprooms to reopen under specific guidelines (see our previous post).
In Ballard, that means at least a dozen brewery taprooms stand able to reopen if and when they choose. I lose count once I run out of fingers.
Though we do not know exactly what kind of schedule each brewery is on for reopening, we do know what to expect when they do. The Ballard Brewed Coalition released a statement today about its unified plan for reopening. The breweries decided that it would be best for customers to know what to expect when the day comes, so they’ve worked together closely to come up with their own set of guidelines.
Check it out, know what to expect, and don’t f*** it up!
Ballard Brewed Coalition
Limited Taproom Reopening Information
The Ballard Breweries are glad to be part of the Governor’s plan to re-open businesses in Washington as safely as possible, guided by the science and data available. In adherence with public health guidance, you can expect the following at your Ballard Breweries.
- FEWER GUESTS: Fewer people will be allowed into our taprooms than we are all used to.
- Up to 50% rated occupancy outside / 25% inside
- No bar seating (or standing) is permitted during Phase 2.
- Tables will be spaced 6’ apart or separated by a physical barrier. Tables should not be
moved for any reason.
- Protocols will be in place to ensure adequate social distancing throughout the taproom.
- Please be on the lookout for signs and instructions.
5 MAX: All parties must be 5 guests or less. Dogs and children must be seated with their adults at all times. When moving throughout the space (ie for restrooms) children must be accompanied by an adult.
RESERVATIONS: Most breweries are NOT taking reservations. If we are at max capacity when you arrive,
please come back later — and visit one of our neighboring breweries in the meantime!
BOX IT IN! We have created an online form that will be accessible at each brewery. You are welcome to record your name and contact information for the purpose of COVID-19 contact tracing efforts. Information provided voluntarily will only be used if needed by public health authorities and will be discarded after 30 days.
EXTRA SANITIZING: Hand sanitizer will be available at entry (assuming supply availability) Point of sale
systems will be sanitized between each customer. Other high touch surfaces will receive extra sanitizing during taproom open hours. These surfaces include tables, chair backs, door handles, light switches, water stations, restroom fixtures, etc.
SAMPLES: Many breweries will NOT offer sample tastes during Phase 2.
WATER: Please request water at the bar if no water station is available
YOU CAN HELP!
- Bus your own table
- Wear a mask anytime you are not at your table (as you are able)
- Be alert for signs to help you navigate newly arranged taprooms
- Use the online form to record your visit for contact tracing purposes
- Be patient and kind! Everyone is trying to navigate the new normal in the safest way possible
for all patrons and staff. Let’s all be extra patient with one another!
- ASK US if you have any questions!
- Please check with Individual breweries for opening dates, hours and other policies
Guests who are unwilling to adhere to taproom guidelines may be asked to leave.