The Coug back in business, but things will look a little different

PULLMAN, Wash. — The Coug pub is back and open for business in Pullman, but it might look a little different the next time you visit. 

Whitman County is one of several others approved to move forward to phase 2 under Gov. Inslee’s Safe Start plan. 

The restaurant reopened on Saturday, with safety guidelines in place. In order to maintain a safe environment, The Coug is permitting 35 people at a time. That’s less than 50% of regular capacity. 

Possibly the most noticeable difference, though, are the tarps placed between seating areas to serve as social distancing barriers. 

According to a post on Facebook, The Coug has tables capable of seating five groups of people, no larger than five each. 

An additional two groups can be seated outside, as long as they don’t exceed five people each.

“This is a temporary change to our culture,” it says in the post. “Not being able to jump between tables, make new friends, or just say ‘hi’ goes against everything the Coug is. But these rules allow us to stay open and these policies exist to protect the health and safety of our staff and customers.

To see hours of operation and more, visit The Coug’s website.

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