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Gov. Inslee rolls back the reopening process citing spike in case positive COVID-19 stats

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee held a press conference yesterday announcing his concerns about recent reported increases in the number of people who tested positive with the COVID-19 illness.

… positive COVID-19-related cases and hospitalizations have been on a steady rise since early September; and, most alarmingly, from the latter part of October through the first two weeks of November, 2020, COVID-19 cases have doubled in Washington, and COVID-19-related hospitalizations have risen sharply, putting our people, our health system, and our economy in as dangerous a position as we faced in March 2020.

PROCLAMATION BY THE GOVERNOR – November 15, 2020

Inslee then issued a proclamation that will be in effect for at least 4 weeks, placing restrictions on retail businesses, restaurants and bars, and religious services, weddings and funerals.

The new restrictions on restaurants will take effect Wednesday, November 18th, at 12:01am. These restrictions are summarized as follows.

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Source: Office of Governor Jay Inslee

The remaining new restrictions take effect Monday, November 16th at 11:59pm. They include in-store retail, grocery stores and personal services allowing no more than the 25% of their occupancy inside and others as summarized as follows.

Source: Office of Governor Jay Inslee
Source: Office of Governor Jay Inslee

Bowling alleys, museums, zoos, aquariums, and movie theaters are to be closed.

Inslee also placed restrictions on private social gatherings as summarized below.

Source: Office of Governor Jay Inslee

All K-12/higher education, child care and courts and court-related proceedings are exempt from these new restrictions.

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The full proclamation is available by clicking here.

The full guidance page is available by clicking here.

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