New Restrictions From Governor Inslee

Posted July 24, 2020 at 9:12 am by

Governor Jay Inslee

On July 23, Gov­er­nor Inslee issued new require­ments for all of Wash­ing­ton State in response to increas­ing infec­tions. In addi­tion, Wash­ing­ton Sec­re­tary of Health Wies­man added addi­tion­al require­ments to the exist­ing face cov­er­ing order.

Below is some pre­lim­i­nary infor­ma­tion on what the new require­ments mean for San Juan Coun­ty. This sum­ma­ry is based on ini­tial infor­ma­tion shared by the State, and may change as more clar­i­ty and infor­ma­tion becomes available.

San Juan Coun­ty is cur­rent­ly in Phase 2. The exist­ing Four Phase plan guid­ance is here, but will be mod­i­fied after these new restrictions.

RESTAURANTS (goes into effect on July 30)

  • Alco­hol (beer, wine, spir­its) ser­vice must end at 10:00 p.m. until Phase 4.
  • Pro­hi­bi­tion of vend­ing game areas (pool tables, darts, video games, etc.) until Phase 4.
  • Indoor din­ing seat­ing at an indi­vid­ual table is lim­it­ed to mem­bers of the same house­hold until Phase 4.

As per exist­ing guid­ance, restau­rants may oper­ate at no more than 50% capac­i­ty in Phase 2. Out­door seat­ing does not count towards the 50% occu­pan­cy lim­it, though out­door seat­ing must fol­low all oth­er require­ments in guid­ance, includ­ing the table size lim­it of 5 customers.

FITNESS GUIDANCE (goes into effect on July 30)

  • In Phase 2, only five indi­vid­u­als — not includ­ing staff — will be allowed for indoor fit­ness ser­vices at a time. This includes gyms, fit­ness stu­dios, and indoor pools, ice rinks, vol­ley­ball courts, and ten­nis facil­i­ties. These are lim­it­ed to small group instruc­tion or pri­vate training.

WEDDINGS and FUNERALS (goes into effect on August 6)

  • Applies to both sec­u­lar and non-sec­u­lar events.
  • Dur­ing all phas­es, the max­i­mum indoor occu­pan­cy is 20% capac­i­ty or up to 30 peo­ple, whichev­er is less, so long as six feet of phys­i­cal dis­tanc­ing can be achieved between households.
  • Only cer­e­monies are per­mit­ted. Recep­tions are pro­hib­it­ed. Cer­monies must fol­low all oth­er parts of the faith based guid­ance.

FACE COVERINGS (goes into effect on July 25)

  • The statewide order requir­ing the use of face cov­er­ings will be expand­ed to include any shared spaces. This includes places like ele­va­tors, hall­ways and shared spaces in apart­ment and con­do­mini­um build­ings, uni­ver­si­ty hous­ing, hotels and motels, and in con­gre­gate set­tings such as nurs­ing homes, assist­ed liv­ing facil­i­ties, and adult fam­i­ly homes.

More details on the Governor’s web­site.

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  1. For me as a Chris­t­ian, it’s get­ting hard­er and hard­er to pray for this gov­er­nor, there’s no end to the eco­nom­ic dam­age he’s doing to this once thriv­ing state. There’s more cas­es because there’s more test­ing, death rates are going down. Please reduce restric­tions not increase them and give small busi­ness­es a chance to recover.

    Comment by Corky Culver on July 25, 2020 at 7:46 am
  2. Gov­er­nor Inslee is doing his job very well. I am very grate­ful for his intel­li­gence. It is shock­ing how many peo­ple just can’t grasp the whole con­cept of a mask and social dis­tanc­ing. I under­stand there is a lot of mixed mes­sages out there. If every­one would fol­low gov­er­nor Inslee’s guide­lines and be mature about it, we as a state will get through this soon­er than lat­er. It is shock­ing to see gov­er­nors that just don’t under­stand. Maybe they are try­ing to be polit­i­cal­ly loy­al to the pres­i­dent instead of the peo­ple they should be protecting.

    Comment by Darlene wilder on July 25, 2020 at 10:36 am
  3. There are more cas­es because the virus is spread­ing, killings tens of thou­sands. It has noth­ing to do with test­ing. Test no one and peo­ple still die. The “offi­cial stats” are clear­ly flawed as many have giv­en up on test­ing. FL has a 14 day turn around via Quest. This athe­ist is thank­ful for Gov. Inslee’s lead­er­ship dur­ing a trou­bling time.

    Comment by Robert Demarest on July 25, 2020 at 10:39 pm

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