Statewide COVID-19 Restrictions Last Four Weeks

Posted November 15, 2020 at 3:53 pm by

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Most Restrictions Start Nov. 16; For Restaurants, Nov. 18

By Wash­ing­ton’s Governor’s Office

On Sun­day, Nov. 15, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a four-week statewide set of restric­tions in response to the recent rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus in Wash­ing­ton and across the country.

The new restric­tions come as Wash­ing­ton sees con­sis­tent increas­ing dai­ly case counts, with over 2,000 cas­es a day over the week­end and aver­age cas­es in the state dou­bling over the past two weeks.

“This spike puts us in a more dan­ger­ous posi­tion as we were in March,” Inslee said dur­ing a press con­fer­ence Sun­day. “And it means, unfor­tu­nate­ly, the time has come to rein­state restric­tions on activ­i­ties statewide to pre­serve the public’s well-being and to save lives. These were very dif­fi­cult deci­sions that have very real con­se­quences to people’s liveli­hoods. I rec­og­nize that and don’t take those impacts light­ly, but we must act now and act quick­ly to slow the spread of this disease.”

The restric­tions are statewide and will take effect at 11:59 p.m., Mon­day, Nov. 16 and will remain in effect until Mon­day, Dec. 14. The mod­i­fied restric­tions of restau­rants, how­ev­er, will take effect at 12:01 a.m., Wednes­day, Nov. 18.

“This is absolute­ly the right time to take action,” said Dr. George Diaz, infec­tious dis­ease physi­cian at Prov­i­dence Region­al Med­ical Cen­ter in Everett. “It will save the lives of many Wash­ing­to­ni­ans, pro­vide relief to our most pre­cious resources, which are our front-line health­care work­ers, and allow us to con­tin­ue to pro­vide the full array of med­ical and sur­gi­cal care that our state needs.”

Activ­i­ties not includ­ed in the mod­i­fied restric­tions should fol­low cur­rent guid­ance. All K‑12/higher edu­ca­tion, child care, and courts and court-relat­ed pro­ceed­ings are exempt from the new restrictions.

Gatherings

Indoor gath­er­ings have been one of the biggest dri­ving fac­tors of COVID-19 spikes in Wash­ing­ton and nation-wide. Because of this, indoor gath­er­ings with peo­ple out­side the house­hold will be pro­hib­it­ed unless they quar­an­tine for the 14 days pri­or to the social gath­er­ing or quar­an­tine for the 7 days pri­or to the gath­er­ing, and receive a neg­a­tive COVID-19 test result no more than 48-hours pri­or to the gathering.

Out­door gath­er­ings are lim­it­ed to no more than five people.

For long-term care facil­i­ties, only out­door vis­its will be allowed. Indoor vis­its may be per­mit­ted for essen­tial sup­port for per­sons or end-of-life care.

Restaurants and Retail

Restau­rants and bars will be closed for indoor ser­vice, with to-go ser­vices and restrict­ed out­door din­ing allowed.

In-store retail, gro­cery stores and per­son­al ser­vices are lim­it­ed to 25 per­cent of occu­pan­cy and must close any con­gre­gate areas.

Religious Services, Weddings and Funerals

Reli­gious ser­vices will be lim­it­ed to 25 per­cent indoor capac­i­ty or 200 peo­ple, whichev­er is less, and choirs, bands or ensem­bles are pro­hib­it­ed from per­form­ing. Wed­ding and funer­al cer­e­monies can go on with lim­it­ed atten­dance, but recep­tions of any size are pro­hib­it­ed indoors.

Entertainment and Fitness

Indoor ser­vice will be closed at fit­ness facil­i­ties and gyms, and youth and adult ama­teur sport­ing activ­i­ties are lim­it­ed to out­doors only with facial coverings.

Bowl­ing alleys, muse­ums, zoos, aquar­i­ums, and movie the­aters will be closed for indoor services.

“We under­stand that this is both an eco­nom­ic and a pub­lic health cri­sis. We do not take light­ly the impact these restric­tions will have on local busi­ness­es, many of which have already had a very dif­fi­cult year. You are not alone, and we will con­tin­ue to pro­vide sup­ports,” Inslee said.

“There is light at the end of this tun­nel. We will con­tin­ue to fight, adapt and per­se­vere. It may be months before we’re total­ly out of the clear, but med­ical advances are putting us clos­er to the goal of restor­ing all activ­i­ties even­tu­al­ly. For now, we have to keep everyone’s inter­ests in mind and take steps that pro­tect all Washingtonians.”

The full procla­ma­tion is avail­able here.

The full guid­ance page is avail­able here.

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