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“Rid is ridiculous.” Washington grocery store employees now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, 5 Seattle chefs say restaurant workers should be too

The next group of Washington residents eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines from March 22 includes “high-risk core workgroups,” such as grocery store staff, child care workers, correctional workers, but obviously not restaurant workers.

Vaccine prioritization guidelines indicate that the next group, Phase 1B-2, intends to include those working in a “significantly higher risk of exposure ազդեց transmission” in a closed area where they interact with a large number of people (ie, a supermarket). “is not able to have a consistent social distance for a long time (ie more than 6 feet apart)”.

In-house dinners, which are currently allowed at 25% capacity, are one of the few classes of Washington’s restaurant staff who are regularly exposed to the masked public. Their omission from the next vaccinated group on social media was unbelievable by many people in the restaurant industry. Following the comments, the owners of the following cooks share their views.

Renee Erickson is the James Ames Bard Award-winning chef, co-owner of numerous restaurants, coffee shops and cafes. (Sincerely, Rene Erickson)

Reni Erickson In “Creat ova creatures” restaurants. “It’s really awful to be ‘essential’ for a year and then be removed from the list of vaccines, obviously ‘essential’. Not to mention the fact that we are allowed to be open inside, not to mention the fact that our guests take off their masks to eat, making it even more risky. We have been struggling to stay open for a year, working hard on security for both our guests and our teams. [Vaccination as soon as possible] would enable our employees to work in a much safer environment. We hope that when our employees are vaccinated, more people will feel comfortable going out to dine with us, giving restaurants the incentive to survive. ”

Chef Christy Brown outside her restaurant in Sacrament Central (Erica Schultz / The Seattle Times, 2020)
Chef Christy Brown outside her restaurant in Sacrament Central (Erica Schultz / The Breaking National, 2020)

Christy Brown Sacrament. “I am just happy to be free. Rid is it funny that we are constantly pushed back when we are first… when they talk about an endangered industry. That’s ridiculous. “

Brandon Petit with Dino Tomato Pie (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times, 2016)
Brandon Petit with Dino Tomato Pie (Erika Schultz / The Breaking National, 2016)

Brandon Petit “About Delincy: Dino Tomato Pie:” I hope this is wrong. Federal emergency guidelines link food service and food. And if there is one thing, food service workers are at greater risk than grocery stores dealing with people without 100 masks. ”

Trey Lamont - Jer du Shack (Amanda Snyder / The Seattle Times)
Trey Lamont Jer from Shak (Amanda Snyder / The Breaking National)

Trey Lamont Jer er about Shak. “It sucks, because all the employees of the restaurant are next to each other, either in the kitchen or in front of the house. We’m ‘serve people food. What do they expect? … If they really look at how the economy is created, restaurants should be fully served. We still have to pay 100% of our bills… I wish we were included in the list, [then] Restaurants that prefer to do this can boast, just like the health department says, that they are excellent. This will encourage other restaurants that are open to go up with it. If they are really trying to encourage people to get vaccinated, they are looking at the inconsistency of the brown community, the distrust there, then they will put restaurants on the list because there are black-brown people working there. service industry more than any other race. It will be a huge victory in vaccinating people of color. ”

Monica Dimas About Westman’s Bagel and Coffee և Little Neon Taco (the latter is now a pop-up inside La Dive). “With all the other necessary workers mentioned – agriculture, food processing [I thought] Of course, the restaurant staff would be there. Felt argued that the already marginalized industry was even more marginalized by not being registered, but was then required to work until unemployment ended. It just feels weird… It’s not an industry where you can work from home. It is insane to say that these are significant employees, but they are not significant enough. ”

In a press release, Governor Aye Insley said the priority setting process was “focused primarily on helping those most at risk.” Marzpetaran spokesman Mike Faulk details. “These are difficult decisions to make with limited supplies. Restaurant staff can, but health և policy experts have decided that these current priorities will be the most effective strategy to reduce translocation, hospitalization and mortality.” continues to spread տարած supply increases. “

Folk says. “It simply came to our notice then [restaurant workers] will be among the priorities. “

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