Inslee shuts indoor service at bars, restricts indoor dining


Inslee placed additional limitations on social gatherings for most counties last Thursday

SEATTLE (AP) – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he is tightening restrictions throughout the state in restaurants and bars, for weddings and funerals, and at gyms in a further effort to stem a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Indoor dining at restaurants will be limited to members of the same household and alcohol service must end at 10 p.m. Bars, taverns, breweries, wineries and distilleries must close all indoor service, regardless of whether food is served.

Religious and secular wedding ceremonies still will be allowed, while receptions will be prohibited. When it comes to fitness, Inslee says for counties in Phase 2, such as King County, only 5 people are allowed inside fitness facilities at a time. 

This press conference comes one week after Inslee placed additional limitations on social gatherings for most counties in the state on Thursday.

He said the limit of 5 people per gathering remains in affect for Phase 2 counties, which is most of the state. However, for counties in Phase 3, he is now limiting social gatherings to no more than 10 people. He also placed a ban on indoor and outdoor live entertainment.

“Something has to change fairly significantly or we are going to be back where we were in March and April,” Inslee said.

He said no dramatic decisions have yet been made about opening schools in the fall.

George Washington wears a mask during a news conference by Gov. Jay Inslee, July 23, 2020 (KOIN)

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