CHEHALIS – A judge has made it clear that he is siding with the Governor and State Department of Labor & Industries in support of workers’ rights and that state law gives the Governor the authority to impose indoor dining restrictions as a coronavirus precaution. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Chris Lanese continued the state imposed restraining order on Spiffy’s Restaurant and Bakery, reminding the restaurant that they may not allow patrons to consumer food indoors. The judge had threatened the restaurant with a $2,000 daily penalty for each day the business allows indoor service. The court order and mounting fines has caused Spiffy’s owner Rod Samuelson and Manager Rob Grant to decide to close the restaurant until the next court date, January 19th or until the Governor lifts the restrictions. Grants says, “I hope that between now and then he will lift the restrictions and we will be able to re-open at 25% capacity.” Grant says the spirit of keeping the restaurant open hasn’t been lost, “We wanted to allow people to get back to work as a lot of our employees were experiencing no income.” Grant says take-out only doesn’t create enough business to keep the doors open, so for now they’ll be patient and hope. The Governor’s new safety plan calls for a 10% reduction in virus infections in the Lewis, Thurston, Grays Harbor and Pacific county region to trigger a 25% indoor seating capacity for restaurants and bars.

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