It’s a blow to restaurants like the Poodle Dog in Fife where the manager said he’s worried. Pierce, Whitman and Cowlitz counties will change indoor capacities in businesses like restaurants and gyms back to 25% from 50% where they had been able to operate for the last several weeks.
“I feel scared for a lot of local businesses,” Jim Reedy said. “It’s going to affect us, too. We’re lucky to have a restaurant as large as we have where we can accommodate more people.” Gov. Jay Inslee recently announced counties must fail two metrics, case rate over two weeks and hospitalization rate over one week, to be moved back one phase. The change makes it easier for counties to remain in their current phase.
“I just hope that people take this pandemic a little more seriously, and we can get past this and get back to normal life,” Reedy said. The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department says cases have been on the rise since March.
The Poodle Dog has laid off a large number of employees, and they’ve taken a big financial hit. The manager said without the support of regular customers, he isn’t sure how they would have survived. RELATED: Pierce County executive, Inslee disagree over COVID-19 vaccine supply demands
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