Olympia, Wash. – The Washington government on Sunday announced new restrictions on businesses and social gatherings for the next four weeks as the state continues to combat the growing number of coronovirus cases.
From 12:01 pm on Tuesday, a host of businesses should discontinue their indoor services, including fitness facilities and gyms, bowling centers, movie theaters, museums, zoos and aquariums. Retail stores — except grocery stores — should limit their indoor capacity to 25%.
Beginning on Tuesday, indoor social gatherings with people from more than one household are also banned unless attendees have tested negative for 14 days or COVID-19 before the gathering and for seven days Have quarantined
From Wednesday, restaurants and bars will be limited to only go service and outdoor dining, with no more than five people sitting.
In some ways, Inslee’s orders were significantly stricter than the restrictions announced by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. Instead of capping stores capacity at 25%, Brown limits it to 75%. While Inslee’s mandate prohibits Washingtonians from meeting indoors with those they are not living with, Brown’s mandate does not allow Oregonians to meet with six or fewer people indoors or more than two.
Inslee will be banned for at least four weeks. Brown said his “freeze” would last two weeks across the state and four weeks in areas such as Multanomah County. But he left the possibility open to expand it.
Brown’s orders, which take effect on Friday, are strict on religious organizations – limiting their gatherings to more than 25 people indoors and 50 outside. Inslee mandates that large faith-based organizations can hold meetings of up to 200 people.
In remarks prepared for the Sunday morning news conference, Insley said that Washington is facing a third wave of viruses and that the state was “in as dangerous a condition as we were in March, when we were at home to stay healthy for the first time.”
“And that means, unfortunately, the time has come to restore restrictions on statewide activities to preserve the wellbeing of the public and save lives,” he said.
While weddings and funerals may still take place, ceremonies starting on Tuesday are limited to more than 30 people and receptions are prohibited. Real estate open houses will be prohibited, personal services – such as hair salons – will be limited to 25% of maximum occupancy and professional services are required to complete remote work when possible, and when 25% of occupancy Is not restricted to. Under the new restrictions, only outdoor visits will be allowed at long-term care facilities and religious services will be capped at 25% indoor occupancy or 200 people, whichever is less.
The state was under orders to remain at home from March 23 to the end of May. All but one of Washington’s 39 counties have been halted in the second or third phase of a four-phase reopening plan that began in early May to ban businesses and other activities. The Governor’s announcement on Sunday temporarily withdraws all counties so that they are under the same guidelines.
In recent times, Inslee and health officials warned that new restrictions were needed to slow the trajectory of new cases.
For the second consecutive day on Saturday, state health officials recorded a record number of daily cases with 2,233 new cases as of 11:59 pm on Friday. This brought the state totals to 127,731 known cases and 2,519 deaths.
On Thursday night, Inslee and his wife, Trudy, gave the general public a statewide television petition calling for plans for mass travel and holiday travel. And on Friday, Inslee joined the governors of California and Oregon in issuing travel advisories and urging people to enter their states or return to self-quarantine to slow the spread of coronavirus as infection spikes across America Possible
Instead of circumventing some of the stringent rules imposed by other governors, people said that people should avoid non-essential out-of-state travel and quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country.
The US has confirmed more than 10.8 million COVID-19 cases and more than 245,000 deaths.
For most, coronovirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that become apparent in two to three weeks, although the long-term effects are unknown. But for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can lead to more serious illnesses, including pneumonia and death.
While the number of applications for unemployment insurance fell in 29 states last week, new numbers released on Thursday show the figure jumped the most in Washington, with 25,201 new claims, up nearly 72% from the previous week. Represent an increase. The latest unemployment figures from September show the rate at 7.8%. The new numbers for October will be released next week.
Anthony Anton, president and CEO of the Washington Hospitality Association, warned that the restrictions put the jobs of more than 100,000 employees at risk just before the holidays.
“At every step, our industry has partnered with the governor’s office and public health agencies, and the data shows that our efforts are working,” he said in a written statement Sunday, noting that coronoviruses Less than 1% of cases are detected in restaurants. “We will work to ensure our employees and small business owners support what they need in this time.”