Governor Orders 4-Week Statewide Restrictions
Governor Inslee addressed Washingtonians Sunday morning, saying,
Today is the most dangerous public health day in the last 100 years of our state’s history. A pandemic is raging in Washington. We are taking action to stop it.
Due to the recent spread of Covid-19, Inslee ordered a four-week set of restrictions state-wide, affecting social gatherings, and businesses, including retail stores, restaurants and gyms.
“This spike puts us in a more dangerous a 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.”
Museums, aquariums, zoos, bowling alleys, and movie theaters will be closed for indoor services.
Indoor visits are prohibited at long-term care facilities. Personal services (hairstylists, barbers, cosmetologists, nail salons) are limited to 25% of indoor occupancy limits.
And, religious services are restricted to 25% of indoor occupancy or no more than 200 people.
The restrictions will be in effect Monday, November 16th at 11:59 PM, through Monday, December 14th. The restaurant restrictions will take effect Wednesday, November 18th at 12:01 AM.
You can read Governor Inslee's full proclamation here.