OLYMPIA — Governor Jay Inslee announced Thursday a series of rollbacks and restrictions on bars, restaurants, fitness centers, weddings and funerals as new confirmed coronavirus cases continue to rise statewide.
Here’s a breakdown of some of the changes:
Weddings and funerals — Effective Aug. 6
- Receptions are prohibited (ceremonies permitted)
- Occupancy is limited to 20 percent capacity or 30 people, whichever is less. People must be able to maintain physical distance of six feet.
Restaurants and bars — Effective July 30
- Alcohol sales must end at 10 pm
- Table size reduced to five people and total occupancy to 50 percent capacity in phase 3
- Game areas must close
- Bars will close indoor service
- Limiting indoor dining at restaurants to members of the same household. People meeting from different households can still dine outdoors.
- No indoor service at any bar, brewery, tavern, winery or distillery, regardless of whether food is being served.
- For counties in the third phase of the four-part plan, restaurant table sizes must be reduced to five people, and indoor occupancy to 50 percent.
- Restaurants must also close down game areas, such as for video games, pool tables and darts, until their county has reached the fourth phase.
Gyms and fitness centers — Effective July 30
- Phase 2: Indoor fitness services limited to 5 people (not including trainers and staff)
- Phase 3: Total occupancy limited to 25 percent capacity
“We do not take these steps lightly,” Inslee said. “We know every prohibition is a challenge for individuals and business owners. But we know that if we fail to act, we will expose thousands of people.”
Secretary of Health John Weisman also announced today new guidance on face mask requirements.
His new order mandates that face coverings are worn in all indoor common areas, not just public spaces. His new mandate includes elevators, hallways, apartment buildings, college dormitories, hotels, motels, universities, assisted-living facilities and adult family homes.
The new mask mandate goes into effect Saturday.