His polling/staff lawyers must have gave him the cluebat upside his head.


Gov. Jay Inslee retracts requirement that diners provide contact info when restaurants reopen.

When dining rooms in Washington start to reopen in the coming months, restaurants will not be required to record customers’ contact information after all.

In a walk-back of a controversial component of the restaurant reopening guidance issued earlier this week, Gov. Jay Inslee’s office issued a statement on Friday evening “clarifying” that the state will not require customers to provide their contact information when they go out to eat.

Instead, businesses are asked to maintain a list of customers who voluntarily do so.

“We are asking visitors to voluntarily provide contact information in case of COVID-19 exposure. We only need information for one person per household. If we learn you may have been exposed to COVID-19 during your visit, the information will only be shared with public health officials,” Inslee’s news release said. “They will contact you to explain the risk, answer questions and provide resources. This information will not be used for any other purpose, including sales or marketing. If this list is not used within 30 days, it will be destroyed.”

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